Evidence-based practice disregarded.
Article Type: Letter to the editor
Author: Edwards, Garth
Pub Date: 05/01/2011
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: May, 2011 Source Volume: 17 Source Issue: 4
Accession Number: 257674904
Full Text: I write in response to the article by Richard Harman "Is it time to integrate medical and natural health care?" published in your February issue (p26-27). I understand the need for Kai Nursing New Zealand to publish varied and interesting articles, so appreciate why an article on natural health is included. I do, however, have two objections in relation to the article and the two follow-up letters in last month's issue. Firstly, I support the opinions expressed by Graham Sharpe and Siouxsie Wiles in regards to research and clinical trials (April, letters, p4-5). Nursing emphasises evidence-based practice, yet Richard Harman states that medical trials are "inappropriate" for homeopathic remedies. Why is NZNO giving an article that tries to contradict evidence-based practice any space in its journal? I would expect more from NZNO.

My second objection is allowing Richard Harman more space to respond to the two letters. Are you going to allow Drs Sharpe and Wiles more space to carry on this debate if they choose? I also question whether the journal really is the forum for carrying out this debate.

Garth Edwards, RN,BN, Hastings

The co-editors reply: When letters are published critical of a previously published article, it is common practice and courtesy to give the author a right of reply. The letters' pages seem an eminently appropriate place to explore controversial nursing issues. We welcome continued debate on this and any other matter.
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