The use of homeopathy in obstetrics in Switzerland

Frei-Erb, Martin; Saager, Anne; Gaertner, Katharina; von Ammon, Klaus; Torchetti, Loredana (2014). The use of homeopathy in obstetrics in Switzerland (Unpublished). In: Congress of the Liga Medicorum Homeopathica Internationalis. Paris. 16.07.-19.07.2014.

Objective In 1999, a first study conducted in the German speaking part of Switzerland revealed that homeopathy was used in 73% of the obstetrics. The aim of this follow-up study was to detect possible changes in the use of homeopathy since the first investigation, as well as to expand the survey to all regions of Switzerland in order to explore possible regional differences. Furthermore, the perceived positive and negative effects of homeopathy were of interest. Methods All maternity clinics (n = 119) and birthing centers (n = 25) in Switzerland were invited to participate in this online-survey (total N = 144). Results The data collection is still ongoing. Preliminary analyses show that of the 144 obstetrics contacted, 16 had shut down. 106 (82%) had returned the complete or partial questionnaire, whereof 86 (81%) were completed by maternity clinics and 20 (19%) by birthing centers. 70 (66%) questionnaires were returned from the German, 31 (29%) from the French and 5 (5%) from the Italian part of Switzerland. A total of 77 (73%) obstetrics indicated to apply homeopathy: 61 maternity clinics (71% of the responding ones) and 16 birth centers (80% of the responding ones). Clear regional differences in the use of homeopathy emerged: While 65 of the homeopathy-applying obstetrics were located in the German part of Switzerland (84% of the responding ones), only 11 (35% of the responding ones) and 1 (20% of the responding ones) were situated in the French and Italian regions respectively. More detailed results will be presented at the conference. Conclusion Preliminary results show that homeopathy is widely used in the obstetrics of Switzerland. Cultural differences appeared: Homeopathy is widely used in the German speaking part of Switzerland, while it is modestly employed in the French and Italian regions.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)


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

UniBE Contributor:

Frei, Martin; Gaertner, Katharina; von Ammon, Klaus and Torchetti, Loredana


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Loredana Torchetti

Date Deposited:

08 Jan 2015 12:32

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22 Jan 2015 09:30


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