Homoeopathy for recurrent upper respiratory tract infections

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6974.256b (Published 28 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:256

No children received no treatment

  1. Peter Fisher,
  2. David Reilly,
  3. David Spence,
  4. David Ratsey,
  5. Barry Rose,
  6. John English
  1. Consultant physician Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital, London WC1N 3HR
  2. Consultant physician Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital, Glasgow G12 0NR
  3. Consultant physician Bristol Homoeopathic Hospital, Bristol BS6 6JU
  4. President Dean Faculty of Homoeopathy, London WC1N 3HT
  5. Chairman Homoeopathic Medical Research Council, London WC1N 3HT

    EDITOR,—We are surprised by the negative conclusions drawn by E S M de Lange de Klerk and colleagues after their trial of homoeopathy in recurrent upper respiratory tract symptoms in children.1 These conclusions do not seem to be justified by the data.

    The most serious problem is the inadequate statistical power of the trial. Although no power calculation was presented in the paper, such a calculation was …

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