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Homeopathy and conventional medicine: an outcomes study comparing effectiveness in a primary care setting.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11327521     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Recent meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials in homeopathy have suggested that homeopathy is more than a placebo response. OBJECTIVE: Comparison of the effectiveness of homeopathy in primary care with conventional medicine in primary care for three commonly encountered clinical conditions. DESIGN: An international multicenter, prospective, observational study in a real world medical setting comparing the effectiveness of homeopathy with conventional medicine. PARTICIPANTS: Thirty (30) investigators with conventional medical licenses at six clinical sites in four countries enrolled 500 consecutive patients with at least one of the following three complaints: (1) upper respiratory tract complaints including allergies; (2) lower respiratory tract complaints including allergies; or (3) ear complaints. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The primary outcomes criterion was the response to treatment, defined as cured or major improvement after 14 days of treatment. Secondary outcomes criteria were: (1) rate of recovery; (2) occurrence of adverse events; (3) patient satisfaction; and (4) length of consultation. RESULTS: Four hundred and fifty-six (456) patient visits were compared: 281 received homeopathy, 175 received conventional medicine. The response to treatment as measured by the primary outcomes criterion for patients receiving homeopathy was 82.6%, for conventional medicine it was 68%. Improvement in less than 1 day and in 1 to 3 days was noted in 67.3% of the group receiving homeopathy and in 56.6% of those receiving conventional medicine. The adverse events for those treated with conventional medicine was 22.3% versus 7.8% for those treated with homeopathy. Seventy-nine percent (79.0%) of patients treated with homeopathy were very satisfied and 65.1% of patients treated with conventional, medicine were very satisfied. In both treatment groups 60% of cases had consultations lasting between 5 and 15 minutes. CONCLUSIONS: Homeopathy appeared to be at least as effective as conventional medical care in the treatment of patients with the three conditions studied.
D Riley; M Fischer; B Singh; M Haidvogl; M Heger
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.)     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1075-5535     ISO Abbreviation:  J Altern Complement Med     Publication Date:  2001 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-04-30     Completed Date:  2001-08-23     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9508124     Medline TA:  J Altern Complement Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  149-59     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of New Mexico Medical School, Albuquerque, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use*
Child, Preschool
Ear Diseases / drug therapy*
Interviews as Topic
Middle Aged
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)*
Patient Satisfaction
Primary Health Care*
Prospective Studies
Respiratory Tract Diseases / drug therapy*
Treatment Outcome
United States
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-Bacterial Agents
Comment In:
J Altern Complement Med. 2001 Apr;7(2):123-5   [PMID:  11327516 ]

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