Regulation of non-conventional therapies in Portugal: lessons learnt for strengthening human resources in health

Pascoal Amaral, Inês Fronteira

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Abstract

The integration of non-conventional therapies (NCT) into health policies and health services delivery is a worldwide trend and might have a role in achieving Universal Health Coverage. WHO has encouraged countries to integrate NCT into health service delivery and to increase the interest and utilization by consumers. Following two resolutions by the European Parliament and by the Council of Europe, in the late 1990s, recommending the recognition of NCT and calling for EU legislation on non-conventional forms of medicine, Portugal initiated, in 2003, its path towards regulation of NCT. We analyze this process and discuss its implications and impacts in terms of health policies, health services delivery and overall health workforce.
Original languageEnglish
Article number114
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalHuman resources for health
Volume19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Sep 2021

Keywords

  • European Union
  • Non-conventional therapies
  • Portugal
  • Regulation
  • Workforce

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