Integrative Therapy of Chronic Diseases

  • End date
    Dec 31, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Universität Duisburg-Essen
Updated on 26 June 2021


The observational study aims to investigate the extent to which a two-week stay in an internal medicine clinic for integrative medicine and naturopathy results in an improvement of complaints, impairments, quality of life, anxiety/depressiveness, stress perception and well-being in chronic gastroenterological patients and chronic rheumatological/pain patients. In addition, previous experiences with complementary naturopathic procedures, expectations of treatment, perceived benefits and implementation of instructed techniques and procedures in everyday life will be investigated.


This prospective uncontrolled observational study will include approx. 200 patients over six months. Primary outcome is general quality of life (SF-12). Secondary outcomes are anxiety and depression (HADS), well-being/flourishing (Flourishing), stress perception (PSS-10), and disease activity and disease-specific quality of life. In chronic gastroenterological patients, a distinction is made between patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-SSS + IBS-QOL), ulcerative colitis (CAI + IBDQ) and Crohn's disease (HBI+ IBDQ). For chronic rheumatologic/pain patients, a distinction is made between pain patients in general (PDI), rheumatism (DAS-28, RAID), and fibromyalgia syndrome (Fibromyalgia Symptom Questionnaire, PHQ-15, PHQ-4, FIQ). The German Pain Questionnaire/ Severity Grading according to von Korff is applied to each of the three diseases. In addition, sociodemographics (age, gender, educational level, employment status, family situation), previous course of the disease, previous experience with/application of complementary medicine and naturopathic procedures, expectations of complementary medicine and naturopathic procedures used in the clinic, assessment and satisfaction with inpatient therapy program and planned and realized application of learned procedures are considered.

Condition Chronic disease, chronic diseases, chronic illnesses, chronic illness, chronic disorder, disease, chronic
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04927403
SponsorUniversität Duisburg-Essen
Last Modified on26 June 2021


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Patients at least 18 years of age
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Patients who have not reached the age of 18
Expected life expectancy < 6 months (oncology patients)
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