Assessing homeopathic proving using questionnaire methodology: consideration and implications for future studies


Brien, S. and Lewith, G. (2005) Assessing homeopathic proving using questionnaire methodology: consideration and implications for future studies. Forschende Komplementärmedizen [Research in Complementary Medicine], 12, (3), 152-158. (doi:10.1159/000084837).

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Original Publication URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1159/000084837

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Homeopathic pathogenetic trials (or provings) provide the foundations for the clinical practice of homeopathy. The most recent review of proving studies indicated that provings are generally of poor methodological quality. Methods to improve the quality and scientific rigour are needed to critically assess the clinical basis of homeopathy. This article describes a methodology using a symptom diary with a selection of predefined remedy specific symptoms (proving questionnaire). The proving questionnaire was developed as an alternative to the traditional qualitative proving methods in an attempt to provide a quantitative method that could rigorously validate the original provings. This article considers the advantages and disadvantages of this approach and provides suggestions for future work in this area.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1424-7364 (print)
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Keywords: therapeutic use, non-u.s. government, materia medica, questionnaires, humans, methods, atropa belladonna, britain, reproducibility of results, homeopathy, belladonna alkaloids, review, standards
Subjects: R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Community Clinical Sciences
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine
ePrint ID: 61681
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:43
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/61681

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