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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2011, Article ID 382961, 8 pages
Review Article

Looking for a Person-Centered Medicine: Non Conventional Medicine in the Conventional European and Italian Setting

1Italian High Council of Health, Ministry of Health, Rome, Italy
2Department of Sociology, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

Received 1 December 2008; Accepted 9 April 2009

Copyright © 2011 Paolo Roberti di Sarsina and Ilaria Iseppato. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In Italy, the use of non conventional medicines (NCMs) is spreading among people as in the rest of Europe. Sales of alternative remedies are growing, and likewise the number of medical doctors (MDs) who practise NCM/complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). However, in Italy as in other countries of the European Union, at the present time the juridical/legal status of NCM/CAM is not well established, mainly due to the lack of any national law regulating NCM/CAM professional training, practice and public supply and the absence of government-promoted scientific research in this field. This is an obstacle to safeguarding the patient's interests and freedom of choice, especially now that dissatisfaction with biomedicine is inclining more and more people to look for a holistic and patient-centered form of medicine.