Institute for Applied Epistemology and Medical Methodology (IFAEMM)

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Institute for Applied Epistemology and Medical Methodology (IFAEMM)
Established1994
HeadHelmut Kiene
Location
Freiburg
,
Germany
Coordinates47.97385,7.80115


The Institute for Applied Epistemology and Medical Methodology (IFAEMM) is an affiliated institute of Witten/Herdecke University. It was founded in 1994 and is headed by Helmut Kiene. A main research focus is in CIM.

The Institute describes its focus in the field of the development and application of scientific and medical research methods, in which the dignity, truth and freedom of the human being are given special consideration. A special concern is to realize in all research projects the reference to the epistemological foundations of the respective field.[1]

According to the Institute their work is based on the thought of occidental philosophers, scientists and doctors such as Plato, Aristotle, Galileo, Descartes, Newton, Goethe, Kant, Fichte, Hegel, Steiner, Wegman, Wittgenstein, Fleck, Weiss, Bertalanffy, Duncker, Martini, Feinstein, Goodwin.[1]

Activities

Clinical Studies

  • A multi-centre, parallel-group, randomised controlled trial to assess the efficacy and safety of eurythmy therapy and tai chi in comparison with standard care in chronically ill elderly patients with increased risk of falling (ENTAiER)[2]
  • AMOS Anthroposophic Medicine Outcomes Study
  • Anthroposophic vs. conventional therapy for acute ear and respiratory infections: a prospective outcomes study (IIPCOS-Anthroposophy)
  • Mistletoe in cancer treatment (epidemiological prospective long-term study)

Therapy evaluations / systematic reviews / HTA reports

  • Mistletoe in oncology
  • Placebo effects in medicine - critical studies
  • Placebo-verum interactions in clinical trials
  • Tendency for false-negative errors in randomized clinical trials
  • Anthroposophic Medicine, Health Technology Assessment Report

Clinical research methodology

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Allgemeine Information" [General Information]. IFAEMM (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2021-09-25.
  2. Kienle, GS; Werthmann, PG; Grotejohann, B; Kaier, K; Steinbrenner, I; Voigt-Radloff, S; Huber, R (17 Mar 2020), "A multi-centre, parallel-group, randomised controlled trial to assess the efficacy and safety of eurythmy therapy and tai chi in comparison with standard care in chronically ill elderly patients with increased risk of falling (ENTAiER): a trial protocol", BMC Geriatr, 20 (1), p. 108, doi:10.1186/s12877-020-1503-6, PMC 7076928, PMID 32183768CS1 maint: PMC format (link)