Structure of Services

A disposition and commitment to research and continuous training and development is required in respect to all the service categories listed below.

All AnthroMed facilities must provide medical doctor, nurse and therapist services. This is based on the following requirements:

The institution or department must provide at least one anthroposophic specialist physician. If, in the case of larger hospitals with many departments, this is not possible in every specialty, an opportunity must at least be provided to consult a specialist anthroposophic doctor affiliated with the institution. This doctor should be recognized by professional associations, for example by the Society of Anthroposophic Doctors in Germany (GAÄD) or the Association of Anthroposophic Doctors in Switzerland (VAOS), otherwise by the Medical Section at the Goetheanum .

It is also assumed that Anthroposophic Medicines are available.

A warm, relationship-based nursing care has a high priority in all AnthroMed-certified facilities. Nursing qualifications are thus especially important to maintain; a significant proportion of nurses - at least one third - must provide evidence of having taken a basic course in anthroposophic nursing that is recognized by the Anthroposophic Nursing Association. This number of qualified nurses must be stipulated by the institution and their operational procedures clearly documented. The provisions for care must be defined in terms of kind and field of nursing, rather than by function.

All therapists must hold qualifications based on a structured vocational training recognized by an anthroposophic professional association. The concept of therapy in AnthroMed facilities is created through regular cooperation with anthroposophic doctors. At least four of the following treatments represent a relevant therapeutic element in an AnthroMed facility, and at least one third of all patients must be treated with them (depending on the type of department in question):

  • Eurythmy as individual or group therapy
  • Painting or clay modeling as individual therapy and also in classes
  • Music therapy as individual or group therapy
  • Speech as individual or group therapy
  • Rhythmic massage
  • Oil dispersion baths according to Junge (Jungebad)
  • Biographical work in the form of biographically oriented therapeutic conversations, individually or in groups