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Does homeopathy reduce the cost of conventional drug prescribing? A study of comparative prescribing costs in general practice.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12725248     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
There is little research on cost-effectiveness of homeopathy in General Practice. This study aimed to compare the costs of homeopathic prescribing with conventional drugs prescribing. Data were collected for 4 years on all patients who were treated homeopathically. Costs of homeopathic remedies and costs of conventional drugs which otherwise would be prescribed for these patients was calculated for the total duration of treatment. Savings were calculated. One hundred patients were included in the study. Average cost savings per patient was pounds 60.40. The majority of patients had improved and most did not report any side-effects. The limitations of this study are that it is based on one GP's work, with a small number of patients so definite and generalisable conclusions cannot be drawn. Moreover, calculated costs in this study are based on drugs only, it does not take into account doctor's time, special investigations and time off sick. Future work needs to be carried out to include all of these points for a comprehensive economic analysis.
Asha Jain
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Homeopathy : the journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy     Volume:  92     ISSN:  1475-4916     ISO Abbreviation:  Homeopathy     Publication Date:  2003 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-05-02     Completed Date:  2003-07-29     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101140517     Medline TA:  Homeopathy     Country:  Scotland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  71-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Kingfisher Medical Centre, South East London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Cost Savings
Costs and Cost Analysis
Drug Costs*
Drug Prescriptions / economics*,  standards
Family Practice / economics*,  standards
Homeopathy / economics*,  standards
Infant, Newborn
Middle Aged
Physician's Practice Patterns / economics
Quality of Life
Comment In:
Homeopathy. 2003 Oct;92(4):233; author reply 233   [PMID:  14587695 ]
Erratum In:
Homeopathy. 2003 Jul;92(3):175

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