Medicine as if people matter – integration rather than breakdown

Spring 2016
Michael Dixon

en years into general practice, I was burnt out. Swamped by patients presenting
with a range of problems from chronic tiredness, frequent minor infections, irritable bowel, headaches and back pain to stress, loneliness and sheer misery. Discovering complementary medicine gave me back my professional life and radically altered my views on how to heal and the importance of balancing the perspective of clinician and patient.The College of Medicine advocates an open-minded approach to health and healing that includes complementary medicine and other non-biomedical interventions such as the arts and healthy eating, which are being increasingly offered under the umbrella of ‘social prescription’, which is another college-led initiative.

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Ask a conventional scientist or public health physician and the answer to this question would most probably be ‘no’. Patients (at least 75% of them according to a number of surveys, including two by the BBC) appear to disagree and say that complementary medicine should be offered on the NHS. Meanwhile, clinicians are split in their opinions. Is there any room for compromise?