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Recommendations in the design and conduction of randomised controlled trials in human and veterinary homeopathic medicine.
Gaertner, Katharina; von Ammon, Klaus; Fibert, Philippa; Frass, Michael; Frei-Erb, Martin; Klein-Laansma, Christien; Ulbrich-Zuerni, Susanne; Weiermayer, Petra.
Afiliação
  • Gaertner K; Institute of Complementary and Integrative Medicine IKIM, University of Bern, Freiburgstr. 46, CH-3010 Bern, Switzerland; Institute of Integrative Medicine, University of Witten/Herdecke, Gerhard-Kienle-Weg 4, DE-58313 Herdecke, Germany.
  • von Ammon K; Institute of Complementary and Integrative Medicine IKIM, University of Bern, Freiburgstr. 46, CH-3010 Bern, Switzerland.
  • Fibert P; Department of Psychology and Pedagogic Science, St Mary's University, Twickenham, UK.
  • Frass M; em. Medical University of Vienna, Department of Medicine I, A-1090 Vienna, Austria; Institute for Homeopathic Research, Columbusgasse 20, A-1100 Vienna, Austria.
  • Frei-Erb M; Institute of Complementary and Integrative Medicine IKIM, University of Bern, Freiburgstr. 46, CH-3010 Bern, Switzerland.
  • Klein-Laansma C; Louis Bolk Institute, Health and Nutrition, Kosterijland 3-5, NL-3981 AJ Bunnik, the Netherlands.
  • Ulbrich-Zuerni S; WissHom: Scientific Society for Homeopathy, Wallstraße 48, DE-06366 Koethen, Germany.
  • Weiermayer P; WissHom: Scientific Society for Homeopathy, Wallstraße 48, DE-06366 Koethen, Germany. Electronic address: forschung@wisshom.de.
Complement Ther Med ; 76: 102961, 2023 Sep.
Article em En | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-37393961
ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND:

Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are an established research method to investigate the effects of an intervention. Several recent systematic reviews and meta-analyses of RCTs with homeopathic interventions have identified shortcomings in design, conduct, analysis, and reporting of trials. Guidelines for RCTs in homeopathic medicine are lacking.

OBJECTIVES:

This paper aims to fill this gap in order to enhance the quality of RCTs in the field of homeopathy.

METHODS:

Identification of the homeopathy-specific requirements for RCTs by reviewing literature and experts' communications. Systematization of the findings using a suitable checklist for planning, conducting, and reporting RCTs, namely the SPIRIT statement, and high-quality homeopathy RCTs as examples. Cross-checking of the created checklist with the RedHot-criteria, the PRECIS criteria, and a qualitative evaluation checklist. Consideration of the REFLECT statement and the ARRIVE Guidelines 2.0 for veterinary homeopathy.

RESULTS:

Recommendations for future implementation of RCTs in homeopathy are summarized in a checklist. Alongside, identified useful solutions to the issues encountered when designing and conducting homeopathy RCTs are presented.

CONCLUSIONS:

The formulated recommendations present guidelines additional to those in the SPIRIT checklist, on how to better plan, design, conduct, and report RCTs in homeopathy.
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Texto completo: 1 Base de dados: MEDLINE Assunto principal: Ensaios Clínicos Controlados Aleatórios como Assunto / Homeopatia Tipo de estudo: Clinical_trials / Prognostic_studies / Qualitative_research Limite: Animals Idioma: En Revista: Complement Ther Med Ano de publicação: 2023 Tipo de documento: Article

Texto completo: 1 Base de dados: MEDLINE Assunto principal: Ensaios Clínicos Controlados Aleatórios como Assunto / Homeopatia Tipo de estudo: Clinical_trials / Prognostic_studies / Qualitative_research Limite: Animals Idioma: En Revista: Complement Ther Med Ano de publicação: 2023 Tipo de documento: Article