Health Strategies – Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen

Health Strategies

Aim of the project

The aim of the research project is to analyse social and cultural aspects of different medical systems. A premise for the project is that patients and users of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments experience effects that are different from those of the conventional health care system. But what are these ‘effects’ and how do they contribute to an understanding of the increasing use of CAM?

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Researching alternative medicine

A growing proportion of the Danish population use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). In fact, almost half of the adult population has sought out CAM at some point. These treatment forms exist outside the state subsidised health care system and are therefore expensive compared to conventional medical care. Furthermore, the effects of complementary and alternative medicine often lacks scientific basis. Whyis it then that they are so popular?

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