Skip to main content
Article thumbnail
Location of Repository

Personal health budgets: a new way of accessing complementary therapies?

By Jim Rogers

Abstract

The popularity and use of complementary and alternative therapies and medicines (CAM) has remained high in the UK and many other countries over at least the last two decades. Access to such modalities via publicly funded health and welfare systems has remained very limited over the same period. Personal health budgets, designed to offer significant control and personal choice over health care, offer a potential mechanism for some individuals to access publicly funded CAM treatments more directly. This development brings into sharp focus debates about evidence based health care and conflicts between public policy which is geared towards consumer choice and public policy which is based on certain forms of scientific evidence. This paper will examine some of the arguments for allowing access to CAM via personal health budgets, and potential objections and obstacles to this

Topics: B300 Complementary Medicine
Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2010.12.002
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lincoln.ac.uk:3791

Suggested articles

Citations

  1. (2009). A healthy choice? Direct payments and healthcare doi
  2. Access to complementary medicine via general practice.
  3. (2007). Age concern facts, figures and research. Age Concern; doi
  4. All you need to know about personal health budgets.
  5. (2010). Citizenship in health self direction theory to practice. In: Control;
  6. Complementary/alternative medicine in chronic illness as informed self-care decision making. doi
  7. (2009). Direct payments and personal budgets: putting personalisation into practice. 2nd ed. doi
  8. (2007). do no harm’ with complementary and alternative medicine’. doi
  9. Does trust in health care influence the use of complementary and alternative medicine by chronically ill people?
  10. Effectiveness gaps in general practice: the potential of complementary medicine. doi
  11. (2008). Evaluation of the Individual Budgets Pilot Programme: Final Report. doi
  12. Evidence based medicine and the implementation gap. doi
  13. (2010). Evidence based medicine: what it is and what it isn’t. doi
  14. (1995). Gebruik van alternatieve geneeswijzen en chronische aandoeningen: de associatie nader bekeken. [Use of alternative treatments and chronic illnesses; a close view on the association]. TSG
  15. (2007). Getting on with life”: the experiences of older people using complementary health care. Social Science and Medicine doi
  16. Health status of people using complementary and alternative medical practitioner services in 4 English counties. doi
  17. (2010). Health. Equity and excellence. The Stationary Office;
  18. (2004). Health. Improving chronic disease management. The Stationary Office;
  19. Health. Supporting people with long term conditions to self care: a guide to developing local strategies and good practice. The Stationary Office;
  20. (2001). Health. The expert patient: a new approach to chronic disease management for the 21st century. The Stationary Office;
  21. (2009). Health. Understanding personal health budgets. The Stationary Office;
  22. (2008). High quality care for all e NHS next stage review final report. The Stationary Office; doi
  23. (2008). Homeopathy victim of PCT funding cuts.
  24. (1995). Individuals and their ecologies: analysing the geography of chronic illness within a multilevel modelling framework. doi
  25. Janz N,Dodge J,MoscaL,LinX,LongQ,etal.The effectofpatient choiceof interventiononhealthoutcomes.ContemporaryClinicalTrials2008;29(5):679e86.
  26. (1997). Long-term effects of a control-relevant intervention with the institutionalized aged. doi
  27. (2008). Making It Personal.
  28. On being a welfare consumer in a consumer society. doi
  29. (2009). Personal budgets to allow patients to buy homeopathy and acupuncture. Pulse;
  30. Personalisation Milestones,
  31. (2002). Private complementary medicine and older people: service use and user empowerment. Ageing doi
  32. Psychological effects of being offered choice of surgery for breast cancer. doi
  33. (2007). Putting patients in control: the case for extending self-direction into the NHS. Social Market Foundation;
  34. Research in complementary and alternative medicine: some considerations, www.evidence.nhs.uk [accessed 12.01.10].
  35. (2009). research on personal health budgets for NHS;
  36. Selling individual budgets, choice and control; local and global influences on UK social care policy for people with learning difficulties. doi
  37. (2007). Social care and the modern citizen: client, consumer, service user, manager and entrepeneur. doi
  38. (2004). Socio-economic inequalities health in the UK. Evidence on patterns and determinants. Disability rights commission;
  39. (2000). The prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine use among the general population: a systematic review of the literature. Complementary Therapies in Medicine doi
  40. Trends in access to complementary or alternative medicines via primary care in England: 1995e2001 results from a follow-up national survey. doi
  41. Unconventional medicine in the United States: prevalence, costs and patterns of use. The New England doi
  42. (2006). Understanding community care. Palgrave; doi
  43. Who uses CAM? A narrative review of demographic characteristics and health factors associated with CAM use. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010;7:11e28. doi

To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.