Health Policy

Publication Title: 
Journal of Health Organization and Management

PURPOSE: The paper aims to take a reflective stance on the relationship between policy/evidence and practice, which, the authors argue, is conceptually under-developed. The paper aims to show that current research perspectives fail to frame evidence and policy in relation to practice. DESIGN/METHODOLOGY/APPROACH: A qualitative study was conducted in the English NHS in four Primary Care Trusts (PCTs). Seventy-five observations of meetings and 52 semi-structured interviews were completed.

Author(s): 
Gkeredakis, Emmanouil
Swan, Jacky
Powell, John
Nicolini, Davide
Scarbrough, Harry
Roginski, Claudia
Taylor-Phillips, Sian
Clarke, Aileen
Publication Title: 
Forschende Komplementarmedizin (2006)

The increasing use and practice of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) all over the world raises important ethical issues for health care providers, researchers and policy-makers. This article addresses the equity issues arising in the context of an evaluation of five complementary therapies provided by general practitioners: homeopathy, anthroposophic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, neural therapy and phytotherapy.

Author(s): 
Marian, Florica
Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Medicine

OBJECTIVE: To examine the views of government spokespersons regarding the efforts of five complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) groups (chiropractic, traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, naturopathy, homeopathy and Reiki) to take their place in the formal health care system. DESIGN: In this small scale, exploratory study, we conducted in-depth interviews with 10 key government officials at the federal (5), provincial (4) and municipal (1) levels.

Author(s): 
Kelner, Merrijoy
Wellman, Beverly
Boon, Heather
Welsh, Sandy
Publication Title: 
Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology

Homeopathy is a biologically implausible form of treatment. The best clinical evidence available to date fails to support its effectiveness. Nevertheless, it is gaining in popularity. One reason for this is that, at least in the UK, it is being promoted by influential people.

Author(s): 
Ernst, E.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Law and Medicine

The 2010 report of the United Kingdom Science and Technology Committee of the House of Commons and the 2015 report of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council have overtaken in significance the uncritical Swiss report of 2012 and have gone a long way to changing the environment of tolerance toward proselytising claims of efficacy in respect of homeopathy. The inquiry being undertaken in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration during 2015 may accelerate this trend.

Author(s): 
Freckelton, Ian
Publication Title: 
Health Policy (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

The current rapid pace of social and technological change requires health policy makers to be up to date in their knowledge of health policy research. The "information explosion" has created a need for techniques that synthesize and summarize available information. This paper reviews the use of Meta-Analysis as a data pooling technique in a non-technical manner. Treatment of chronic pain by acupuncture, provided as an example, illustrates the type of information that can be obtained from a Meta-Analysis, that is not conventionally available from individual trials.

Author(s): 
Patel, M. S.
Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Medicine

OBJECTIVE: To examine the views of government spokespersons regarding the efforts of five complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) groups (chiropractic, traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, naturopathy, homeopathy and Reiki) to take their place in the formal health care system. DESIGN: In this small scale, exploratory study, we conducted in-depth interviews with 10 key government officials at the federal (5), provincial (4) and municipal (1) levels.

Author(s): 
Kelner, Merrijoy
Wellman, Beverly
Boon, Heather
Welsh, Sandy
Publication Title: 
Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society

Clinical guidelines are statements that have been systematically developed and which aim to assist clinicians in making decisions about treatment for specific conditions, and promote best practice. They are linked to evidence and are meant to facilitate good medical practice.

Author(s): 
Filshie, Jacqueline
Hester, Joan
Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Medicine

OBJECTIVE: To examine the views of government spokespersons regarding the efforts of five complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) groups (chiropractic, traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, naturopathy, homeopathy and Reiki) to take their place in the formal health care system. DESIGN: In this small scale, exploratory study, we conducted in-depth interviews with 10 key government officials at the federal (5), provincial (4) and municipal (1) levels.

Author(s): 
Kelner, Merrijoy
Wellman, Beverly
Boon, Heather
Welsh, Sandy
Publication Title: 
Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society

Clinical guidelines are statements that have been systematically developed and which aim to assist clinicians in making decisions about treatment for specific conditions, and promote best practice. They are linked to evidence and are meant to facilitate good medical practice.

Author(s): 
Filshie, Jacqueline
Hester, Joan

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