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Topics in Integrative Health Care 2014, Vol. 5(4)   ID: 5.4006



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December 31, 2014
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This report provides an overview of the complex therapy currently used within the German health system. Complex therapies in inpatient care in Germany establish the basis for an integrative and interdisciplinary provision of services. They define minimal criteria for the organization of a hospital, enable the integration of different therapeutic approaches, and therefore, lead to an intensive and holistic treatment by a specially trained team. The German model can be viewed as a pilot program for the introduction of integrative patient-centered care in other hospitals around the world.

Romeyke T, Stummer H. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine in inpatient care: take a look at Europe. J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med 2014.

Among patients with chronic cardiopulmonary disease, increasing healthy behaviors improves outcomes, but such behavior changes are difficult for patients to make and sustain over time. This study investigated how positive affect and self-affirmation improves health behaviors compared with a patient education control group. The PA intervention increased self-efficacy and promoted success in behavior change by buffering stress.

Charlson ME, Wells MT, Peterson JC, et al. Mediators and moderators of behavior change in patients with chronic cardiopulmonary disease: the impact of positive affect and self-affirmation. Translational Behav Med 2014;4(1):7-17.

The aim of this review was to systematically assess and meta-analyze the available data on efficacy and safety of yoga in patients with multiple sclerosis. It concluded that, since no methodological sound evidence was found, no recommendation can be made regarding yoga as a routine intervention for patients with multiple sclerosis.

Cramer H, Lauche R, Azizi H, Dobos G, Langhorst J. Yoga for multiple sclerosis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS One. 2014;9(11):e112414.

This article proposes a comprehensive, innovative, culturally centered integrated care model to address the complexities within the health care system, from the individual level, which includes provider and patient factors, to the system level, which includes practice culture and system functionality issues. Our multidisciplinary investigative team acknowledges the importance of providing culturally tailored integrative health care to holistically concentrate on physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral problems among ethnic minorities in a primary care setting.

Holden K, McGregor B, Thandi P, et al. Toward culturally centered integrative care for addressing mental health disparities among ethnic minorities. Psychol Services. Nov 2014;11(4):357-368.

This Cochrane review assessed the effects of non-pharmacological interventions for somatoform disorders and MUPS in adults. When all psychological therapies included this review were combined they were superior to usual care or waiting list in terms of reduction of symptom severity, but effect sizes were small. As a single treatment, only Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been adequately studied to allow tentative conclusions for practice to be drawn.

Van Dessel N, Den Boeft M, van der Wouden JC, et al. Non-pharmacological interventions for somatoform disorders and medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS) in adults. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. Nov 1 2014;11:CD011142



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