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Evaluating complementary medicine: methodological challenges of randomised controlled trials

Mason, S, Tovey, P and Long, AF (2002) Evaluating complementary medicine: methodological challenges of randomised controlled trials. British Medical Journal, 325 (7368). 832 - 834 . ISSN 0959-535X

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Abstract

Complementary medicine has a different philosophy from conventional medicine, presenting challenges to research methodology. Rigorous evaluation of complementary medicine could provide much needed evidence of its effectiveness. Good design of randomised controlled trials will avoid invalid results and misrepresentation of the holistic essence of complementary medicine. Practitioners need to be recognised as a component in or contributor to complementary treatment. Both specific and non-specific outcome measures with long follow up are needed to adequately encompass the essence of complementary medicine.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: alternative medicine, therapy
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Medicine and Health (Leeds) > School of Medicine (Leeds) > Academic Unit of Epidemiology and Health Services Research (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Medicine and Health (Leeds) > School of Healthcare (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2004
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2014 18:01
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7368.832
Publisher: British Medical Journal Publishing Group
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1136/bmj.325.7368.832
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/166

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