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Challenges in systematic reviews of complementary and alternative medicine topics.
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PMID:  15968028     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) continues to grow in the United States. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has devoted a substantial proportion of the Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) program to systematic reviews of CAM. Such syntheses present different challenges from those conducted on western medicine topics, and in many ways are more difficult. We discuss 3 challenges: identifying evidence about CAM, assessing the quality of individual studies, and addressing rare serious adverse events. We use illustrations from EPC evidence reports to show readers approaches to the 3 areas and then present specific recommendations for each issue.
Paul G Shekelle; Sally C Morton; Marika J Suttorp; Nina Buscemi; Carol Friesen;
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of internal medicine     Volume:  142     ISSN:  1539-3704     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Intern. Med.     Publication Date:  2005 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-06-21     Completed Date:  2005-06-30     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372351     Medline TA:  Ann Intern Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1042-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, California 90401, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Biomedical Research / standards
Complementary Therapies / adverse effects,  standards*
Evidence-Based Medicine / methods*,  standards
Review Literature as Topic*
United States

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