Peer Review, Research

Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

Research into complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is not as new as it might appear from a U.K. perspective. Most continental European countries have a long tradition in CAM research. Many studies of homoeopathy, for instance, were published decades ago in languages other than English [The trials of homeopathy. Origins, structure and development. Stiftung: Essen, Karl und Veronica Carstens, 2004].

Author(s): 
Ernst, E.
Schmidt, K.
Wider, B.
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Growing popularity of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the public sector is reflected in the scientific community by an increased number of research articles assessing its therapeutic effects. Some suggest that publication biases occur in mainstream medicine, and may also occur in CAM. Homeopathy is one of the most widespread and most controversial forms of CAM. The purpose of this study was to compare the representation of homeopathic clinical trials published in traditional science and CAM journals.

Author(s): 
Caulfield, Timothy
DeBow, Suzanne
Publication Title: 
Homeopathy: The Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy

INTRODUCTION: A new programme of systematic reviews of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in homeopathy will distinguish important attributes of RCT records, including: placebo controlled versus other-than-placebo (OTP) controlled; individualised versus non-individualised homeopathy; peer-reviewed (PR) versus non peer-reviewed (NPR) sources.

Author(s): 
Mathie, Robert T.
Hacke, Daniela
Clausen, Jürgen
Nicolai, Ton
Riley, David S.
Fisher, Peter
Publication Title: 
Revue Medicale De Bruxelles

The European Union and the European Council are interested in the phenomenon "Homoeopathy". At the initiative of a member of the European Parliament, Mr. Paul LANNOYE, the European Commission created a study group with the aim to answer the question: "Is Homoeopathy researchable?" After 18 month, the group, including conventional pharmacologists and researchers using daily homoeopathy, answered affirmatively to the question.

Author(s): 
Van Wassenhoven, M.
Publication Title: 
Homeopathy: The Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy

INTRODUCTION: Systematic review of the research evidence in veterinary homeopathy has never previously been carried out. This paper presents the search methods, together with categorised lists of retrieved records, that enable us to identify the literature that is acceptable for future systematic review of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in veterinary homeopathy. METHODS: All randomised and controlled trials of homeopathic intervention (prophylaxis and/or treatment of disease, in any species except man) were appraised according to pre-specified criteria.

Author(s): 
Mathie, Robert T.
Hacke, Daniela
Clausen, Jürgen
Publication Title: 
Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society

Acupuncture treatment and control group interventions in parallel-group randomised trials of acupuncture are not always precisely reported. In an attempt to improve standards, an international group of experienced acupuncturists and researchers devised a set of recommendations, designating them STRICTA: STandards for Reporting Interventions in Controlled Trials of Acupuncture. In a further consensus-building round, the editors of several journals helped redraft the recommendations.

Author(s): 
MacPherson, Hugh
White, Adrian
Cummings, Mike
Jobst, Kim
Rose, Ken
Niemtzow, Richard
STandards for Reporting Interventions in Controlled Trails of Acupuncture
Publication Title: 
Zhongguo Yi Xue Ke Xue Yuan Xue Bao. Acta Academiae Medicinae Sinicae

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the quality of methodology and reporting of randomized controlled trials of acupuncture for obesity worldwide. METHODS: Collecting all the randomized controlled trials of acupuncture for obesity worldwide by systematically searching without language limitation. The quality of methodology and reporting was evaluated by the quality criteria recommended by Cochrane handbook and CONSORT (consolidate standards of reporting trial) and STRICTA (standard for reporting interventions in controlled trials of acupuncture) checklists.

Author(s): 
Liu, Xue-Mei
Zhang, Ming-Ming
Du, Liang
Publication Title: 
Journal of Oral Rehabilitation

The aim of this systematic review was to assess the efficacy of acupuncture in the management of xerostomia. Assessing quality of studies aim to efficiently integrate valid information and provide a basis for sound decision making based on the best available evidence. Articles of controlled clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of acupuncture in the management of xerostomia were obtained by searching through the databases MEDLINE and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials to September 2003.

Author(s): 
Jedel, E.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

OBJECTIVE: To inform the potential revision of Standards for Reporting Interventions in Controlled Trials of Acupuncture (STRICTA), we sought the opinion of acupuncture trial authors and systematic reviewers to rank the utility of the guidelines and asked trial authors about their experiences using them. DESIGN: Questionnaires ranking STRICTA items and qualitative responses about experience using the guidelines.

Author(s): 
Prady, Stephanie L.
MacPherson, Hugh
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

OBJECTIVE: To inform the potential revision of Standards for Reporting Interventions in Controlled Trials of Acupuncture (STRICTA), we sought the opinion of acupuncture trial authors and systematic reviewers to rank the utility of the guidelines and asked trial authors about their experiences using them. DESIGN: Questionnaires ranking STRICTA items and qualitative responses about experience using the guidelines.

Author(s): 
Prady, Stephanie L.
MacPherson, Hugh

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