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Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Special Issue on Health Economics in Complementary Medicine

Call for Papers
Health economic evaluations, according to a WHO statement from 2000, “involve the identification, measurement, and valuation, and then comparison of the costs (inputs), values and benefits (outcomes) of two or more alternative treatments or activities” in order to achieve the best use of scarce resources. Economic evaluations are used by policy makers and healthcare payers to inform medicine pricing and reimbursement decisions.

Several papers in the last few decades have documented high quality economic evaluation of therapeutic procedures in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by means of rigorous studies. Several studies have already investigated the cost profiles of a variety of CAM modalities in both outpatient and inpatient settings, for a range of conditions including chronic headache, back pain and respiratory diseases.

From a methodological point of view, health economic evaluations also offer the possibility to investigate the background of such studies, i.e. in terms of new modeling approaches, sample size calculation, decision-making approaches or the use of mixed methods. Health economic evaluations in CAM in line with the latest methodological advances provide profound insights into how traditional healing systems can preserve health and promote recovery from illness in the most cost effective way.

This Special Issue will explore the relevance and applicability of the latest methodological advances in health economics for CAM.

We therefore invite authors to present original research articles, methodological papers and review articles and opinion papers that focus on health economic research in complementary medicine from all kinds of perspectives. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • All types of health economic studies in CAM (i.e. cost effectiveness, cost-cost, cost-benefit studies)
  • Health economic evaluations of whole medical systems in CAM
  • Meta-analyses and systematic reviews of health economic evaluations in CAM
  • Methodological approaches to health economic evaluations
  • Studies in the quality management of health economic evaluations

Authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript via

Manuscripts due: 31 December 2015

Robbert van Haselen, International Institute for Integrated Medicine, England, UK

Leading Editor
Thomas Ostermann, Institute for Integrative Medicine, University of Witten/Herdecke, 58313 Herdecke, Germany;

Guest Editors
David McDaid, London School of Economics Health and Social Care & European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK;

Erik Baars, Louis Bolk Institute; University of Applied Sciences, Leiden, The Netherlands;