New resources from Homeopathy Research Institute
Homeopathy Research International (HRI) is a UK-based charity dedicated to promoting high quality research in homeopathy at an international level. It is committed to the evaluation of homeopathy using rigorous scientific methods and communicating the results of such work beyond usual academic circles. The website (https://www.hri-research.org/) offers a wealth of useful resources about homeopathy research, available in multiple languages. HRI has recently announced the availability of some new resources:
Research in Focus: Real world evidence for homeopathy in France
These articles bring highlights of homeopathy research in a brief, easy to understand style. They are mostly simple double-sided documents, presenting a plain language summary of a note-worthy scientific paper. Quarterly publication of these articles, paused for a while, has now resumed. Access previous articles: HRI Research in Focus.
The latest edition covers the recently critiqued EPI3 observational study which assessed the real-world impact of homeopathy in France. The take home message from this high quality study is that patients in France who consult a homeopathic GP for some of the most prevalent and burdensome conditions in general practice, cost 20% less, get better at the same rate, and use fewer drugs compared to patients consulting GPs prescribing conventional medicine only. This study is a significant piece of evidence, adding to that from other European countries, identifying the potential beneficial impact of homeopathy when used within an integrated healthcare model.
Reporting guidelines for research
The External Resources area of the HRI website has been expanded to include research Guidelines for writing manuscripts and improving study design and Assessment Tools to assess the quality of research studies, in addition to linking to external Research Organisations.
ECHAMP, 10 Dec 2021