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Welcome to the latest e-newsletter from the Society of Homeopaths Research Committee. We aim to provide you with interesting and up-to-date information about homeopathic research.
Research Workshop – November 28th
This workshop will focus on case reports to understand why they are important to the profession, our practice and the public. Guidelines for the research, preparation and writing of case reports will be provided; thus enabling practitioners to share their own cases and good practice re the writing of them. The day will include presentations from Clare Relton, Alison Fixen, Hugh Harrison and Philippa Fibert and opportunity for support to make your own cases count.
A useful new website has been developed with extensive information on provings: www.provings.info An interview with Jorg Wichmann – the developer of the website – can be found at: http://hpathy.com/homeopathy-interviews/jorg-wichmanns-provings-website/
Dana Ullman has taken on Wikipedia in an extraordinary letter detailing the level of bias in the Homeopathy entry and making some good suggestions to allow representation of alternate points of view. Let’s hope this document will be the beginning of a constructive dialogue.
Free access to research articles
The Access to Research service (http://accesstoresearch.pls.org.uk/) is a new initiative to give free access to a wide range of academic articles and research in participating public libraries across the UK. There are currently more than 8,600 journals included in the service. As more publishers continue to join the initiative, more content will become freely available. Although there are no specific homeopathy journals included there are many related journals on complementary therapies and medicine, including the Journal of evidence-based complementary & alternative medicine. Readers must first register with their local library to obtain a library card and PIN. They can then log on to a terminal in the library and gain full free online access to the journals. Documents can be printed for a modest amount.
HRI Conference, 5-7 June 2015, Rome. Call for abstracts
The Homeopathy Research Institute (HRI) invites researchers, graduate students, research trainees, practitioners and educators to submit abstracts for their 2nd International Homeopathy Research Conference. Submission deadline is 1 December 2014. More information available at www.HRIRome2015.org/abstracts/
ECHAMP (European Coalition on Homeopathic and Anthroposophic Medicinal Products) study on cost effectiveness
Demonstrating that homeopathy can save money as well as be effective is of paramount importance in our evidence based times. This literature review examined evidence from 8 homeopathy studies and concluded that “homeopathy can contribute to sustainable health systems by reducing direct, indirect and intangible healthcare costs”. A pdf of the paper is available in the research folder in the Public Conferences section in FCM.
ADHD pilot study
David Brule and colleagues have published the results of their pilot study treating children with ADHD in Canada. The study was found to be feasible, children improved significantly compared to start of treatment and a full scale randomised controlled clinical trial is now in progress. There is building evidence of the effectiveness of homeopathy for children with ADHD. Clinical trials of individualised homeopathic remedies have now been conducted in Switzerland, India and the USA, and observational studies in the USA, UK and now Canada. Most show positive results. However there have also been several studies showing no results which have dragged down the evidence base. This highlights the importance of conducting good quality trials. Two studies with poor results were of single remedies and remedy complexes, so their lack of results is not surprising to homeopaths.
CPD Research Workshop
The next CPD Research day on 28th November focuses on Case Reports – the how, the why, the where and the what. The results of the Making Cases Count competition will be announced, and details of how to enter next year’s competition.
I would argue that homeopaths can no longer afford not to engage in research. We have a responsibility to our profession, not to mention our patients, to build it into our practices, measuring our outcomes, and collectively demonstrating and describing our effectiveness in real life practice. Until we do, researchers will continue to carry out un-representative research (like those 2 ADHD studies above) and scientists and critics will continue to say there is no evidence for the effectiveness of treatment by homeopaths.
So do come along and learn how your cases can contribute.
Research Committee Contacts
If you would like to read any of the articles referenced in this issue, please email Philippa Fibert directly. Also if you have any comments, questions or interesting research-related material and experiences we are always happy to hear from members, so please do drop us an e-mail.
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