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EPMA J. 2011 Dec;2(4):357-63. doi: 10.1007/s13167-011-0102-1. Epub 2011 Aug 12.

The need for higher education in the sociology of traditional and non-conventional medicine in Italy: towards a person-centered medicine.

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Expert for Non Conventional Medicine, High Council of Health, Ministry of Health, Rome, Italy ; Observatory and Methods for Health, Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy ; Charity "Association for Person-Centered Medicine", Bologna, Italy ; Via Siepelunga, 36/12, 40141 Bologna, Italy.


Italy is being forced to re-think her health plan as the national health service moves towards regional systems, individuals take more active responsibility for their health, the demand grows for traditional and non-conventional medicine and immigrants join the user list. Person-centered medicine and ever-wider skills attainable with the tools of analysis and research have made a new professional update indispensable. The proposed Master-Course on "Health systems, traditional and non-conventional medicine", first of its kind in Italy, fits this bill. The new forms of treatment that state and international bodies are prepared to recognize depend entirely on the universities training our professionals with concrete skills in planning, research and health management. Our paper performs an epistemological critique of the new health requirements and goes on to outline the reasons behind this training imperative.

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