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How Do We Know It Works?\ud Approaches to the Evaluation of\ud Complementary Medicine

By David V. Canter

Abstract

Complementary medicine is a term used to cover a vast array of treatment\ud procedures as wide ranging as aroma therapy, iridology, acupuncture, homeopathy\ud and osteopathy. It is sometimes known as alternative or even folk medicine. These\ud complementary therapies exist because people find them helpful. Research must,\ud therefore, be directed at asking 'Who?' ,. 'What?', and 'How?'. In the following\ud chapter ways of answering these questions are examined. Emphasis is given to the\ud need for a variety of different research strategies and tactics. A preliminary outline\ud of an overall approach which would hold together the strands in a fruitful way is\ud proposed, based on facet Meta-Theory.\ud In considering the emerging research prospect for the study of complementary\ud medical practice it is important to clarify some initial premises. These provide a\ud framework within which to consider a great variety of research possibilities. They\ud also point towards areas of study that might not otherwise be apparent

Topics: BF, H1
Publisher: Dartmouth Publishing Company
Year: 1996
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.hud.ac.uk:9234

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