Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine in inpatient care: take a look at Europe

J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2015 Apr;20(2):87-93. doi: 10.1177/2156587214555714. Epub 2014 Nov 17.


The aim of this report is to provide the reader an overview of the complex therapy currently used within the German health system. Complex therapies in inpatient care in Germany establish the basis for an integrative and interdisciplinary provision of services. They define minimal criteria for the organization of a hospital, enable the integration of different therapeutic approaches, and therefore, lead to an intensive and holistic treatment by a specially trained team. The German model can be viewed as a pilot program for the introduction of integrative patient-centered care in other hospitals around the world.

Keywords: alternative medicine; complementary medicine; complex therapy; evidence-based CAM; integrative medicine; patient-centered medicine.

MeSH terms

  • Complementary Therapies*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine*
  • Germany
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Naturopathy
  • Patient-Centered Care*