Patient Information Centers (PIC) can cover the required patient education. The aim of this thesis is to determine the general conditions, which are necessary for an implementation of a PIC in an acute care hospital. Thus, some problems can be counteracted and the patient care is optimized. A systematic literature review with PubMed, Medline, Cochrane Library and Taylor & Fancis online provides some evidence-based conditions. These are, because they come mainly from the English-speaking area, discussed with regard to their transferability to Germany. Experiences of German PIC-experts and an outlook for nursing practice and research complete the discussion.