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Complementary medicine must be research led and evidence based

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 15 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:188
  1. G T Lewith, honorary senior research fellow,
  2. E Ernst, director,
  3. Simon Mills, director,
  4. Peter Fisher, director of research,
  5. Jonathan Monckton, director,
  6. David Reilly, director of academic departments,
  7. David Peters, clinical director,
  8. Kate Thomas, deputy director
  1. University of Southampton, Southampton SO16 6YD
  2. Department of Complementary Medicine, University of Exeter, Exeter EX2 4NT
  3. Centre for Complementary Health Studies, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4RJ
  4. Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital, London WC1N 3HR
  5. Research Council for Complementary Medicine, London SW6 3JD
  6. Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital, Glasgow G12 0NR
  7. Centre for Community Care and Primary Health, University of Westminster, London W1M 8JS
  8. Medical Care Research Unit, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S1 4DA

    EDITOR—The ABC of Complementary Medicine is welcome.1 Ernst has drawn attention to an important issue in relation to complementary and alternative medicine.2 He previously showed that 0.08% of the total research budget in the United Kingdom is being spent on complementary and alternative medicine.3 The Foundation for Integrated Medicine's report emphasises the importance of an appropriately resourced national agenda for …

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