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More trials, fewer placebos, please.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11055777     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The argument that randomized placebo-controlled trials of homeopathy might usefully be replaced by observational studies, audit and quality-of life assessment is considered. Randomized equivalence and patient-preference trials are proposed as more informative alternatives. They have the merit of providing hard information for health services on the comparative value of treatments, and can facilitate internal comparisons of competing homeopathic methods. The pragmatic approach also allows clinical change during the homeopathic treatment of chronic disease to be assessed without the time constraints usually imposed by placebo controls.
Authors:
M E Dean
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British homoeopathic journal     Volume:  89     ISSN:  0007-0785     ISO Abbreviation:  Br Homeopath J     Publication Date:  2000 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-01-31     Completed Date:  2001-05-31     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  15730430R     Medline TA:  Br Homeopath J     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  191-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Health Sciences and Clinical Evaluation, University of York, Heslington, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Homeopathy / standards*
Humans
Placebos
Quality of Life
Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
Research Design*
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Placebos

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