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Bioethical Issues in Integrative Geriatrics 

Bioethical Issues in Integrative Geriatrics
Bioethical Issues in Integrative Geriatrics
Integrative Geriatric Medicine

Katalin Roth


Many older persons use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and an integrative approach is very consistent with the holistic model of geriatric “slow medicine.” Ethical practice requires an understanding of the patient’s values and goals of care. The core ethical principles of beneficence, autonomy, and justice are applied to geriatric concerns such as decision-making capacity, prognosis, and advance care planning. Informed consent requires that patients understand the goals of treatment, conventional options, and the evidence and safety of CAM therapies. Legal issues affecting CAM providers such as licensing, referrals, and malpractice are reviewed.

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