Schweiz Rundsch Med Prax. 1997 Oct; 86(41): 1588-92.
[Chronic diseases, coping with illness and complementary medicine]
Division Autonome de MÃ©decine Psycho-Sociale, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne.
The increasing demands for complementary medical practises by patients with chronic diseases is seen in the context of a global model of contending with disease. The author assumes that only few variables of this model may influence "supply and demand" in the "marketplace of complementary medical methods" and that the importance of these methods may fade. Finally the encounter with patients asking for complementary medical methods is considered.