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, 2011, 676490

How Much of CAM Is Based on Research Evidence?

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How Much of CAM Is Based on Research Evidence?

Edzard Ernst. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med.

Abstract

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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