Optional course "Homeopathically potentised substances: placebos or effective?" for medical students at the University of Bern, Switzerland

Klein, Sabine; Frei, Martin; Baumgartner, Stephan; von Ammon, Klaus; Wolf, Ursula (September 2012). Optional course "Homeopathically potentised substances: placebos or effective?" for medical students at the University of Bern, Switzerland (Unpublished). In: 5th European Congress for Integrative Medicine. Florenz. 21.-22.09.2012.

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Background Apart from compulsory lectures on classical homeopathy (CH), traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, neural therapy and anthroposophically extended medicine (AEM), our institute at the University of Bern offers several optional practical courses for medical students. The aim of this course during autumn 2011 and spring 2012 was to discuss basic research, observational and clinical studies in the fields of CH and AEM, so that students i) learned how to read and appraise scientific publications, ii) learned how complementary medicine can be investigated with scientific methods, and iii) were able to form their own opinion about the possible specific effects and effectiveness of homeopathically potentised substances. Methods Introductory lectures on AEM, CH and study design were given to 12 second year medical students. The students appraised 12 research articles and presented the results in class, followed by discussions with experts in the fields of basic and clinical research from our institute. A company producing homeopathic remedies was visited and students could practise potentization procedures and trituration. At the end of the course, students compiled posters with arguments in favour of and against specific effects and effectiveness as well as their own conclusions. The course was evaluated using a written questionnaire with closed and open questions. Results Previous knowledge about CH and AEM was scarce among the students. It slightly increased during the course, and the course itself fostered their interest on the topic. This course was chosen by most students, because they were genuinely interested in the topic (and not because other courses they had wanted to visit were fully booked). The students especially valued the discussions, the various perspectives presented to them, and experiencing a potentization process. Conclusion Medical students were interested to learn more about homeopathically potentised substances. The contradictory study results made it difficult for them to form their own opinion. Apart from appraising articles, the students would have liked to meet and talk to patients.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute of Complementary Medicine (ICOM)

UniBE Contributor:

Klein, Sabine; Frei, Martin; Baumgartner, Stephan; von Ammon, Klaus and Wolf, Ursula

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

Language:

English

Submitter:

Sabine Klein

Date Deposited:

27 Jun 2014 08:18

Last Modified:

06 Dec 2014 19:14

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.52201

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/52201

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