confermato: l'omeopatia classica efficace nelle malattie croniche  [28.05.2006]

Importante studio effettuato presso l'ospedale omeopatico di Bristol.

6.544 pazienti con patologie croniche  (eczema, asma, cefalea, depressione, artrite, intestino irritabile, sindrome da affaticamento cronico, rettocolite ulcerosa, sindrome post-menopausale ecc.)  sono stati trattati con l'omeopatia classica (in cui si usa un solo rimedio per volta, basandosi sull'insieme dei sintomi del paziente). Nel 70 % dei pazienti vi è stato un miglioramento dello stato di salute.

Andrea Valeri, responsabile dipartimento di ricerca scientifica. S.I.M.O. 

Riportiamo l'abstract. Da notare il free full-text on line

(il grassetto ed il corsivo sono del curatore)

Spence DS, Thompson EA, Barron SJ. Homeopathic treatment for chronic disease: a 6 year, university-hospital outpatient observational study. J Altern Complement Med.2005 Oct;11(5):793-8

United Bristol Healthcare, National Health Service Trust, Bristol, United Kingdom.

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess health changes seen in routine homeopathic care for patients with a wide range of chronic conditions who were referred to a hospital outpatient department.

DESIGN: This was an observationalstudy of 6544 consecutive follow-up patients during a 6-year period.

SETTING: Hospital outpatient unit within an acute National Health Service (NHS) Teaching
Trust in the United Kingdom.

PARTICIPANTS: Every patient attending the hospital outpatient unit for a follow-up appointment over the study period was included, commencing with their first follow-up attendance.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Outcomes were based on scores on a 7-point Likert-type scale at the end of the consultation and were assessed as overall outcomes compared to the initial baseline assessments.

RESULTS: A total of 6544 consecutive follow-up patients were given outcome scores. Of the patients 70.7% (n = 4627) reported positive health changes, with 50.7% (n = 3318) recording their improvement as better (+2) or much better (+3).

CONCLUSIONS: Homeopathic intervention offered positive health changes to a substantial proportion of a large cohort of patients with a wide range of chronic diseases. Additional observational research, including studies using different designs, is necessary for further research development in homeopathy.

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