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NHMRC INFORMATION PAPER Evidence on the effectiveness of homeopathy for treating health conditions

March 2015

Publication Details Publication title:

NHMRC Information Paper: Evidence on the effectiveness of homeopathy for treating health conditions

Published:

March 2015

Publisher:

National Health and Medical Research Council

NHMRC Publication reference:

CAM02A

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www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines-publications/cam02

ISBN Online:

978-1-925129-29-8

Suggested citation:

National Health and Medical Research Council. 2015. NHMRC Information Paper: Evidence on the effectiveness of homeopathy for treating health conditions. Canberra: National Health and Medical Research Council; 2015

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Contents

About NHMRC

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Executive summary

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Homeopathy Methods Findings Conclusions

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Introduction

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Purpose Scope What is homeopathy? Why did NHMRC conduct an assessment of homeopathy?

NHMRC’s approach to assessing health evidence About NHMRC’s assessment of the evidence Sources of information How did NHMRC assess the evidence about homeopathy? What quality checks were applied to NHMRC’s assessment of the evidence on homeopathy?

Findings of the NHMRC assessment of the evidence Overview Information provided by homeopathy interest groups and individuals Overall findings based on the evidence

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Limitations of the assessment and evidence base for homeopathy

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NHMRC’s interpretation of the assessment of the evidence on the effectiveness of homeopathy

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Definition of special terms

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Appendix A. NHMRC evidence hierarchy, including explanatory notes

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Explanatory notes

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Appendix B. The Homeopathy Working Committee

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Appendix C. Criteria for the development of evidence statements

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Purpose and role of the criteria Introduction to the criteria

References

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NHMRC INFORMATION PAPER EVIDENCE ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF HOMEOPATHY FOR TREATING HEALTH CONDITIONS

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About NHMRC

NHMRC is Australia’s peak body for supporting health and medical research by funding