Homeopathic treatment for chronic disease: a 6-year, university-hospital outpatient observational study

J Altern Complement Med. 2005 Oct;11(5):793-8. doi: 10.1089/acm.2005.11.793.


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 observational study 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.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Chronic Disease / epidemiology*
  • Chronic Disease / therapy*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Health Status
  • Homeopathy / methods
  • Homeopathy / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Outpatient Clinics, Hospital / statistics & numerical data*
  • Patient Satisfaction / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology