Scope of Practice and Principles of Care of Naturopathic Medicine in North America: A Commentary
settings Open AccessCommentary Scope of Practice and Principles of Care of Naturopathic Medicine in North America: A Commentary by Leslie Solomonian on behalf of the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Toronto Campus, Toronto, ON M2K 1E2, Canada Academic Editors: Sari A. Acra and Kathleen L. Lemanek Children 2022, 9(1), 8; https://doi.org/10.3390/children9010008 Received: 30 August 2021 / Revised: 5 October 2021 / Accepted: 18 December 2021 / Published: 24 December 2021 (This article belongs to the Special Issue Pediatric Integrative Medicine: Expert Reviews and Advances) Download PDF Browse Figures Review Reports Citation Export Abstract Naturopathic medicine is a growing profession in North America that provides expertise in complementary and alternative, or integrative care to pediatric patients. It is imperative that healthcare providers have an understanding of the training and scope of other health professionals in order to effectively make decisions regarding research, collaborative clinical care, and policy. Given the prevalence of use of complementary and alternative medicine by children and families in North America, and the growing interest in “integrative” medicine, we aim to offer an overview of naturopathic care for children. This document describes the principles, training, and scope of naturopathic medicine, including health promotion, disease prevention, and illness management. It describes the process by which naturopathic doctors create an integrative healthcare plan for children, evaluate and apply evidence, and integrate ethical issues in practice management, and speaks to the role naturopathic doctors have regarding advocacy for community and planetary health as it relates to pediatrics.
DOI Link: https://doi.org/10.3390/children9010008
Children 2022, 9(1), 8
Solomonian, L. Scope of Practice and Principles of Care of Naturopathic Medicine in North America: A Commentary. Children 2022, 9, 8. https://doi.org/10.3390/children9010008