Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Whole-Systems Research in Integrative In-Patient Treatment


Publishing date
18 Jan 2013
Status
Published
Submission deadline
31 Aug 2012

1Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Witten/Herdecke, 58313 Herdecke, Germany

2Department of True naturopathy, Blankenstein Hospital, Im Vogelsang 5-11, 45527 Hattingen, Germany

3Institute of Organic Chemistry, Centre of Phytochemistry, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Street, Bl. 9, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

4Department of Internal and Complementary Medicine, Immanuel Hospital Berlin, Berlin, Germany


Whole-Systems Research in Integrative In-Patient Treatment

Description

Integrated medicine combines the treatment by conventional medicine and complementary alternative medicine (CAM), for which there is evidence of safety and effectiveness. It, therefore, joins the latest scientific advances with the most profound insights of traditional healing systems to regain and preserve health and to assist the patient's own capacities to recover from illness.

In the last decades, several hospitals have adopted the concept of integrative medicine for the treatment of chronic and acute states of illnesses in in-patient treatment. This includes hospitals with a special focus on naturopathy, anthroposophical medicine, homeopathy, or traditional Chinese medicine. From those centers of integrative medicine, a variety of high-quality clinical studies in special therapies like acupuncture, leeches therapy, or phytotherapy have been rolled out and published. However, concept evaluations of the approach of integrative medicine as a whole system and its interactions with other services of patient care have only been seen marginally.

We, therefore, invite authors to present original research articles and review articles that focus on whole-systems research in integrative patient treatment both from the perspective of health system and clinical research. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Whole-systems evaluation of integrative in-patient treatment
  • Meta-analyses, realist reviews, and systematic reviews of integrative in-patient treatment
  • Patient characteristics and flow processes between in- and out-patient treatment
  • Studies in the quality of care of integrative in-patient treatment (quality management)
  • Occurrence of adverse effects in integrative in-patient treatment
  • Staff satisfaction and identification with integrative medicine
  • Concepts of combining teaching and in-patient integrative treatment
  • Hypotheses and models regarding the mode of action (amenable to empirical testing)

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/ according to the following timetable:


Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 962729
  • - Editorial

Whole-Systems Research in Integrative Inpatient Treatment

Thomas Ostermann | Andre-Michael Beer | ... | Andreas Michalsen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 578274
  • - Research Article

Inpatient Treatment of Community-Acquired Pneumonias with Integrative Medicine

Ulrich Geyer | Klas Diederich | ... | Klaus Kramer
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 521879
  • - Review Article

The History of Inpatient Care in German Departments Focussing on Natural Healing

André-Michael Beer | Bernhard Uehleke | Karl Rüdiger Wiebelitz
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 743832
  • - Research Article

Active Student Participation May Enhance Patient Centeredness: Patients' Assessments of the Clinical Education Ward for Integrative Medicine

Christian Scheffer | Diethard Tauschel | ... | Friedrich Edelhäuser
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 748932
  • - Research Article

Cost Analysis of Integrative Inpatient Treatment Based on DRG Data: The Example of Anthroposophic Medicine

Jürgen Heinz | Wolfgang Fiori | ... | Thomas Ostermann
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 416510
  • - Review Article

The Effects of Integrative In-Patient Treatment on Patients’ Quality of Life: A Meta-Analysis

Thomas Ostermann | Jost Langhorst | Andre-Michael Beer
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 908610
  • - Research Article

In-Patient Treatment of Fibromyalgia: A Controlled Nonrandomized Comparison of Conventional Medicine versus Integrative Medicine including Fasting Therapy

Andreas Michalsen | Chenying Li | ... | Christian Kessler
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 675906
  • - Review Article

Add-On Effect of Chinese Herbal Medicine on Mortality in Myocardial Infarction: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

Vincent C. H. Chung | Mao Chen | ... | Jin Ling Tang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 578305
  • - Review Article

Tuina-Focused Integrative Chinese Medical Therapies for Inpatients with Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Ling Jun Kong | Min Fang | ... | Bo Chen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 714805
  • - Research Article

Chinese Patent Medicine Liu Wei Di Huang Wan Combined with Antihypertensive Drugs, a New Integrative Medicine Therapy, for the Treatment of Essential Hypertension: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials

Jie Wang | Kuiwu Yao | ... | Xingjiang Xiong
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CiteScore2.900
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