Non-orthodox health care in the UK
Abstract: Non-orthodox health care (that which does not have official recognition and is practised largely outside the National Health Service) is growing in popularity in the UK. There is no legal Prohibition of practice by non-medically qualified practitioners who provide the largest proportion Of non-orthodox health care to the public. Compared with orthodox primary care, there are fewer children and elderly patients attending practitioners of the most popular non-orthodox therapies, but a similarly high proportion of women use both types of care. The majority of patients appear to use non-orthodox care as a supplement to, rather than a substitute for, orthodox care.