[Healing practitioners in Austria?]

Wien Med Wochenschr. 1997;147(18):423-5.
[Article in German]


Following Austria's joining the Europian Union (EU), the "Heilpraktiker" topic has become a much debated subject in this country. This paper is an attempt to clarify a number of misconceptions related to this profession. The training, knowledge, responsibilities and rights of "Heilpraktiker" are not in accordance with the law that aims at "averting a danger to the health of the people". An EU harmonization of non-medically trained practitioners has long been discussed in Brussels but was recently rejected. A speedy solution to the obvious problems is therefore not in sight. On the basis of these facts, there are hardly any good reasons for introducing the "Heilpraktiker" in Austria.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Austria
  • Complementary Therapies* / education
  • Curriculum
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Mental Healing*
  • Quackery*
  • Treatment Outcome