Skeptic News: Swedish Doctors can recommend homeopathy

Swedish courts have ruled that doctors can recommend homeopathy.

This is the end result of a controversial debate that has been active in Sweden ever since a doctor who recommended a homeopathic cure to a patient was put on probation by the Medical Responsibility Board. This has now been overturned by Swedens Supreme Administrative court as the court ruled the patient concerned was never in any danger and the doctor used scientific knowledge when needed.

However the Swedish Medical Association (Läkarförbundet) remain unconvinced by the court’s ruling in this case. They want doctors to state clearly that homeopathic drugs have not been scientifically proven effective. The Chair Marie Wedin, clarified the association’s stance to news agency TT stating:

“We believe treatment should be evidence-based, and evidence has shown that the absolute majority of homeopathic cures have not been proven effective.”

Wedin stated that while part of a doctor’s duties, apart from curing and easing pain, involve comforting patients doctors still had a duty to inform their patients that such treatments have little or no evidence of efficacy. She further stated:

“As long as the doctor is careful to point out that they personally doesn’t put trust in its efficiency, and that there isn’t any evidence to support it,”

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0 Responses to Skeptic News: Swedish Doctors can recommend homeopathy

  1. Alex Wassall says:

    why would a doctor ever recommend a treatment the efficiency of which they personally don’t trust. Can a person recommend a product or service they think is useless?

    Seems to me that you are either recommending something or disparaging it. You can’t recommend something in a neutral way, since recommendation requires emphasizing the positive.

    Am I missing something here?

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