Homeopathy4health

11 February 2009

CAM can provide significant health improvements to NHS patients

Hospital Healthcare Europe reports:

A year-long pilot scheme in Northern Ireland has found that complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) can offer significant health improvements to NHS patients.

Independent analysis of the findings showed:

  • Patients receiving acupuncture treatment reported an average 33% improvement in their health and wellbeing
  • Patients receiving chiropractic and osteopathy treatment reported an average 38% improvement in their health and wellbeing
  • Patients receiving homeopathic treatment reported an average 54% improvement in their health and wellbeing

Founder of Get Well UK, Boo Armstrong, says of the results: “The results from this project speak for themselves – complementary therapies improve health and save money. These findings are consistent with other service evaluation from across the UK. A personalised health service will need protocols to include complementary therapies.”  Full report

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3 Comments »

  1. And what was the average rate of improvement for conventional medicine? Has any such analysis been ever undertaken?

    Comment by ez — 18 February 2009 @ 7:19 am

  2. Oh dear….

    A study where the patients came from sources (GPs) who already believe CAMs work, rather than a random sample….
    A study where the patients self-selected themselves, rather than being a random cohort….
    A study that did not look at patients with the same clinical symptoms who did not have CAM therapy….
    A study with no peer review of the methodology, data or conclusions….
    A “paper” that reads like, and uses the same terminology as, a customer satisfaction survey….
    A “paper” prepared by a public relations company, rather than the researchers….

    Hardly something to be proud of.

    Comment by johnd — 8 March 2009 @ 9:28 pm

  3. Your title is incorrect — CAM can provide significant health improvements to NHS patients. That wasn’t proven here.

    In fact, I’m surprised it wasn’t 100%. These people expect there to be an improvement in their “wellbeing” and will report such a thing. A simple combination of very suggestible people and the placebo effect. If, on the other hand, homeopathy could be proven to effectively treat, say, cancer more often that conventional medicine (over a significantly large sample) then you’d have something.

    Sorry, try again.

    Comment by MarkC — 9 March 2009 @ 1:36 am


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