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Our research strategy
We work to promote high quality research in homeopathy, to explain the research evidence and methods used and to disseminate the results of research.
Clinical data collection
We have conducted pilot clinical data collection projects in medical, dental and veterinary homeopathy, with further completed projects being written up for publication. This programme of work provides clinical data from “the real world” and is helping us to identify where research should be directed.
Medical - suggested research directions: anxiety, depression, eczema and irritable bowel syndrome. Full article
Dental - suggested research directions: apical abscess, pulpitis, sensitive cementum. Full article
Veterinary - suggested research directions: arthritis and epilepsy in dogs; hyperthyroid and gingivitis in cats. Full article
We have carried out a pilot project with researchers at the Department of Clinical Veterinary Science, University of Bristol, to study the effect of homeopathic treatment in canine atopic dermatitis. The results of the work have now been published1 and are being used to assist the planning of a multi-centre randomised controlled trial. The results of the work have now been published.1
Programme of systematic reviews
To appreciate the clinical research evidence in homeopathy in more detail, we have undertaken a comprehensive programme to review systematically the published literature of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in both human and veterinary medicine. This aspect of the BHA’s work is more fully described in Our systematic review programme. The work benefits from collaboration with colleagues at the Carstens Foundation in Germany.
Creating a culture of research
The BHA is working to build research awareness and an infrastructure for research within the membership of the Faculty of Homeopathy, the professional body for doctors and other healthcare professionals practising homeopathy.
Short courses in research methods
One of our key achievements since 2001 was a series of short courses in research methods organised in different regions of the UK, establishing research dialogue and activity amongst Faculty members.
We also offer detailed advice to Faculty members and non-Faculty homeopaths on individual projects and in developing their research proposals and potential collaborations with universities.
The BHA does not award research grants. Instead, we are developing a novel research programme within a lively research culture in homeopathy, and from a clear evaluation of the existing research evidence base.
1. Hill PB, Hoare J, Lau-Gillard P, Rybnicek J, Mathie RT. Pilot study of the effect of individualised homeopathy on the pruritus associated with atopic dermatitis in dogs. Veterinary Record 2009; 164; 365-370.