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13.12.2021 | original article

Education of non-medical practitioners in Germany—an analysis of course subjects of specialized schools

verfasst von: Lea Hoffmeister, Jutta Huebner, Christian Keinki, Karsten Muenstedt

Erschienen in: Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift

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In Germany, non-medical practitioners (NMPs; in German: Heilpraktiker) offer a broad range of complementary and alternative (CAM) methods. Our aim was to characterize schools for NMPs in Germany in terms of basic (medical) training and advanced education. We found 165 schools for NMPs in a systematic web-based search. As the medical board examination NMPs must take before building a practice exclusively tests their knowledge in conventional medicine, schools hardly include training in CAM methods. Only few schools offered education on CAM methods in their NMP training. Although NMP associations framed requirements for NMP education, 83.0% (137/165) of schools did not meet these requirements. Patients and physicians should be aware of the lack of training and consequent risks, such as harm to the body, delay of necessary treatment, and interaction with conventional drugs. Disestablishing the profession of NMPs might be a reasonable step.
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Metadaten
Titel
Education of non-medical practitioners in Germany—an analysis of course subjects of specialized schools
verfasst von
Lea Hoffmeister
Jutta Huebner
Christian Keinki
Karsten Muenstedt
Publikationsdatum
13.12.2021
Verlag
Springer Vienna
Erschienen in
Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift
Print ISSN: 0043-5341
Elektronische ISSN: 1563-258X
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10354-021-00896-w