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How Much of CAM Is Based on Research Evidence?


How Much of CAM Is Based on Research Evidence?

Edzard Ernst. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med.


The aim of this article is to provide a preliminary estimate of how much CAM is evidence-based. For this purpose, I calculated the percentage of 685 treatment/condition pairings evaluated in the "Desktop Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine" which are supported by sound data. The resulting figure was 7.4%. For a range of reasons, it might be a gross over-estimate. Further investigations into this subject are required to arrive at more representative figures.

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