Table 3 Similarities and differences of concepts towards classical childhood diseases - results from the interviewed physicians

From: Thoughts, beliefs and concepts concerning infectious childhood diseases of physicians practicing homeopathic, anthroposophic and conventional medicine – a qualitative study

  Physicians practicing …
Conventional medicine Homeopathic medicine Anthroposophic medicine
Similarities:
Meaning of infectious diseases Maturation of immune system
Fever Important and useful reaction of the immune system
Parents: insecurity and fears concerning fever
Vaccination All physicians offered vaccinations to the families
Differences:
Importance of infectious childhood diseases and perception of risk Too many risks/ complications, trivial infectious disease are sufficient Acceptance of the natural course of all diseases Important role in the maturation of the child’s development and maturation of the immune system
Consultation concerning vaccinations Followed the official German vaccination recommendations (except varicella) Modified recommendation scheme, later and individualized, adjusted to the parents´ wishes Modified recommendation scheme, later and individualized, adjusted to the parents´ wishes
Fever Physical fight against disease Fever as a possible long-term protective factor against chronic diseases Fever as an activity of the child’s personality and a possible long-term protective factor against chronic diseases