Unconventional Health Practices: Can They Be Evaluated?

Unconventional Health Practices: Can They Be Evaluated?

Lecture given on the occasion of the 16th Congress of the French Society for the Study and Treatment  of Pain (SFETD) on 25th November 2016,  Bordeaux, France.

More and more healthcare professionals and patients are using unconventional practices, also called Non-Pharmacological Interventions (NPIs). These NPIs range from traditional biomedical solutions (such as drugs, implantable medical devices, surgery) to everyday consumer products. This presentation invites clinicians, patients and researchers to converge to a common paradigm (1) to assess the impact of these NPIs on health, quality of life and social participation and (2) their optimal modality of implementation.

This scientific, ethical and transparent approach will be a bulwark against misuse and abuse. But we must not expect everything from this approach. Science will never explain everything. There will always be an inherent part of the patient, the caregiver and their interaction in a given context.


Based NPI Practice on Evidence is needed.


Haute Autorité de Santé (2011). Développement de la Prescription de Thérapeutiques Non Médicamenteuses validées. Paris: HAS Edition.

Ninot G (2014).  Defining Non-Pharmacological Intervention (NPI)Blog en Sante, A16.

WHO (2013). WHO strategy for Traditionnal Medecine 2014-2023. Geneva: WHO.

To reference this Blog en Sante © article

Ninot G (2016). Unconventional Health Practices: Can They Be Evaluated? Blog en Santé, C4.

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4 thoughts on “Unconventional Health Practices: Can They Be Evaluated?
  1. clement says:

    Je suis plutôt sceptique face à toute ces méthode. Mais j’avoue que si on se mettait à vraiment faire des expériences fiables sur ces sujets je serais le premier ravie.

  2. Mona says:

    Bonjour, pour rebondir sur votre article, il me parait important d’évaluer ces pratiques non conventionnelles, au moins pour déterminer celles qui ont un réel intérêt pour la santé et pouvoir en informer le grand public.

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