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Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2011;2011:382961. doi: 10.1093/ecam/nep048. Epub 2010 Dec 27.

Looking for a person-centered medicine: non conventional medicine in the conventional European and italian setting.

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Italian High Council of Health, Ministry of Health, Rome, Italy.


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.

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