HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Is complementary medicine cost effective?

More doubts are cast over the cost effectiveness of complementary medicine in this week's BMJ.

The cost-effectiveness of using complementary treatments in the United Kingdom has been the subject of much speculation and controversy.

For instance, a report commissioned by the Prince of Wales last week said that complementary therapies should be given a greater role in the NHS, while others believe that more studies are needed before they are made widely available.

As an example of how poor the evidence is, researchers carried out a systematic review of cost effectiveness analyses of complementary treatments. They found only five studies done in the UK before April 2005, one of acupuncture for headache and four of spinal manipulation for back pain.

They conclude that these treatments represent an additional cost to usual care with questionable clinical benefit.

In an accompanying editorial, two senior doctors and general practice researchers suggest that complementary medicine should be considered for inclusion in national clinical guidelines despite limited evidence of cost effectiveness.

They believe that the integration into the NHS of specific complementary therapies for chronic conditions would be beneficial to patients, but that each therapy needs to be considered on its merits, including cost-effectiveness.


'"/>

Contact: Emma Dickinson
edickinson@bmj.com
44-20-7383-6529
BMJ-British Medical Journal
13-Oct-2005


Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Should NICE evaluate complementary medicine?
2. Cancer patients hide their use of complementary and alternative treatments from their doctors
3. Pediatric use of complementary and alternative medicine
4. Surgery by satellite -- New possibilities at medicines cutting edge
5. New drug development facility helps move medicines to market
6. To get blood pressure under control, combination of medicines may be best
7. Italian doctors get their information on medicines from drug company sales reps
8. Nanomedicine opens the way for nerve cell regeneration
9. Conference to focus on transfer of knowledge from research to practice in emergency medicine
10. SNMs 54th Annual Meeting speakers address state of molecular imaging/nuclear medicine technologies
11. US Senate introduces bill to train more preventive medicine doctors

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... Castle Dermatology Institute is now ... to restore a more youthful appearance to the face. Dr. Peyman Ghasri and Dr. ... a variety of other treatments, to rejuvenate and renew the facial appearance. , ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... They are musicians and librarians, fashion designers and ... fathers, from New England and around the nation. What do they have in common? ... in a beautiful and compelling new photographic exhibit debuting Friday, December 9 at Logan ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... The Cliff ... located in South Lyon, Dewitt, Williamston, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, and Farmington Hills, ... treatment for a brain tumor. , Jason Bauer and his family are longtime ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... One of two inventors from Glen Burnie, ... is painful for her. "This is why the co-inventor and I have designed a ... They then created a prototype of the patent-pending AV-AIR, a device that serves as ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... 2016 (PRWEB) (PRWEB) December 07, 2016 , ... Man’s best ... Dermatitis Associated with Borrelia Infection” reveals that a condition similar to ... prestigious Journal of Veterinary Science & Medical Diagnosis. , Morgellons disease is an ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/7/2016)... YORK , Dec. 7, 2016  Urinary ... incontinence, urinary retention and other urological disorders. Urinary ... and external (condom) catheter. Indwelling or Foley catheter ... ends. This type of catheter is inserted into ... the bladder. A tiny balloon attachment at one ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... , Dec. 7, 2016 A new investigational drug ... human clinical trials in search of the world,s first treatment ... publication of research findings today in the journal ... will be a watershed moment for millions of people living ... director of Van Andel Research Institute,s Center ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... Dec. 7, 2016  Northwest Biotherapeutics (Nasdaq: ... a biotechnology company developing DCVax® personalized immune therapies ... Nasdaq Staff has not accepted the Company,s plan ... previously reported, and the Company has notified Nasdaq ... common stock from listing on Nasdaq.  Upon withdrawal ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: