Homeopathy is not an effective treatment for any health condition, report concludes

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A large review by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council has reported that homeopathy is not an effective treatment for any health condition. It cautioned that “people who choose homeopathy may put their health at risk if they reject or delay treatments for which there is good evidence.”

The council, the country’s highest medical research body, conducted an extensive assessment of scientific evidence to develop a position statement on the use of homeopathy. The report incorporated an evaluation of more than 1800 papers, including systematic reviews, published guidelines, and information provided by homeopathy advocacy groups. The analysis identified a total of 225 studies that compared a homeopathic treatment group with a control group and therefore met criteria to be further examined for effectiveness.

Behind the Headlines added to Understanding Evidence

Behind the Headlines part of NHS Choices, provides an unbiased and evidence-based analysis of health stories that make the news.

The service is intended for both the public and health professionals, and endeavours to:

  • explain the facts behind the headlines and give a better understanding of the science that makes the news,
  • provide an authoritative resource for GPs that they can rely on when talking to patients, and
  • become a trusted resource for journalists and others involved in the dissemination of health news.

behind_headlinesBehind the Headlines is the brainchild of Sir Muir Gray, who set up the service in 2007.

This feature has now been added to our Understanding Evidence page, to enable a greater understanding of the health stories reported in the news.

BMJ: How to read a paper

14 January 2013

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A big ‘thank you’ to the BMJ who have identified a number of very useful articles that explain how to read and interpret different kinds of research papers:

Library launches new page: Understanding Evidence

If critical appriasal, referencing and ‘p’ values aren’t exactly top of your list of strengths, then take a look at the latest page to be added to the Library website – Understanding Evidence.

Having good study skills and knowing where to look for evidence based information is essential when it comes to reducing the hassle of assignments and improving your CPD experience.  This page has lots of useful links where you can find the necessary help you need.

Take a look at:

http://www.netvibes.com/ecn-stafflibrary#Understanding_Evidence