E.H. van den Brink
J.T.V.M. de Jong
- The Dutch Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) protocol: to ensure the safe and effective use of complementary and alternative medicine within Dutch mental health care
- Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine
- Volume | Issue number
- 17 | 12
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)
Background: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is subject to heated debates and
prejudices. Studies show that CAM is widely used by psychiatric patients, usually without the guidance of a therapist and without the use of a solid working method, leading to potential health risks.
Aim: The purpose of this study is to facilitate the judicious use of CAM alongside conventional
psychiatry in an outpatient psychiatric clinic.
Methods: A search was made through scientific and legal articles and discussion in focus groups.
Results: In the Centre for Integrative Psychiatry (CIP) of Lentis in the Netherlands, some
carefully selected CAM are offered under strict conditions, alongside conventional treatments.
Because of the controversy and the potential health risks, Lentis designed a protocol that is
Conclusions: The CIP hopes, by using this protocol, to better serve and respect the individual
needs and preferences of the diversity of psychiatric patients in our Dutch multicultural society,
and better protect them
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