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Alternative Medicine

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  • alternative medicine
  • integrative medicine
  • alternative treatment
  • complementary therapies
  • holistic medicine

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Create Research Questions to Focus Your Topic

Alternative medicine is a multi-dimensional topic that covers complex issues including social practices, health, the industry of health care, and more. You could concentrate on one set of issues and do in-depth research on that or use several of the questions below to focus on the topic of alternative medicine more generally.

  • What do alternative, complementary, and integrative mean?
  • What scientific studies have been done on the safety and effectiveness of complementary therapies?
  • Are alternative medical treatments as effective as conventional medical treatments?
  • Is alternative medicine more cost-effective than conventional medicine?
  • What economic impact would reliance on alternative medicine have on our health care system?
  • Are medical students being adequately introduced to alternative therapies in medical school?
  • Can our health care system accommodate both alternative and conventional types of treatments?
  • Based on what I have learned from my research what do I think about the issue of alternative medicine?

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