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Author (up) Mathie, R.T.; Hacke, D.; Clausen, J. url  doi
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  Title Randomised controlled trials of veterinary homeopathy: characterising the peer-reviewed research literature for systematic review Type Journal Article
  Year 2012 Publication Homeopathy Abbreviated Journal Homeopathy  
  Volume 101 Issue 4 Pages 196-203  
  Keywords Animal Diseases/therapy; Animals; Databases, Bibliographic; Evidence-Based Medicine/statistics & numerical data; Forms and Records Control/statistics & numerical data; Homeopathy/methods/statistics & numerical data; Materia Medica/therapeutic use; Peer Review, Research; Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic; Research Design; Veterinary Medicine/methods/statistics & numerical data; Cattle; Horses; Sheep; Dogs; Pigs; Swine; Chickens; Goats  
  Abstract INTRODUCTION: Systematic review of the research evidence in veterinary homeopathy has never previously been carried out. This paper presents the search methods, together with categorised lists of retrieved records, that enable us to identify the literature that is acceptable for future systematic review of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in veterinary homeopathy. METHODS: All randomised and controlled trials of homeopathic intervention (prophylaxis and/or treatment of disease, in any species except man) were appraised according to pre-specified criteria. The following databases were systematically searched from their inception up to and including March 2011: AMED; Carstens-Stiftung Homeopathic Veterinary Clinical Research (HomVetCR) database; CINAHL; Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials; Embase; Hom-Inform; LILACS; PubMed; Science Citation Index; Scopus. RESULTS: One hundred and fifty records were retrieved; 38 satisfied the acceptance criteria (substantive report of a clinical treatment or prophylaxis trial in veterinary homeopathic medicine randomised and controlled and published in a peer-reviewed journal), and were thus eligible for future planned systematic review. Approximately half of the rejected records were theses. Seven species and 27 different species-specific medical conditions were represented in the 38 papers. Similar numbers of papers reported trials of treatment and prophylaxis (n=21 and n=17 respectively) and were controlled against placebo or other than placebo (n=18, n=20 respectively). Most research focused on non-individualised homeopathy (n=35 papers) compared with individualised homeopathy (n=3). CONCLUSION: The results provide a complete and clarified view of the RCT literature in veterinary homeopathy. We will systematically review the 38 substantive peer-reviewed journal articles under the main headings: treatment trials; prophylaxis trials.  
  Address British Homeopathic Association, Hahnemann House, 29 Park Street West, Luton LU1 3BE, UK. rmathie@britishhomeopathic.org  
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  Language English Summary Language Original Title  
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  Series Volume Series Issue Edition 2012/10/24  
  ISSN 1476-4245 (Electronic) 1475-4916 (Linking) ISBN Medium  
  Area Expedition Conference  
  Notes AMED, Carstens-Stiftung Homeopathic Veterinary Clinical Research (HomVetCR) database, CINAHL, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Embase, Hom-Informa, LILACS, PubMed, Science Citation Index and Scopus searched Approved yes  
  Call Number UoN @ douglas.grindlay @ 858 Serial 2497  
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