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Research in complementary medicine is essential

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 24 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:736
  1. Michael A Cornbleet (, medical director,
  2. Catriona S K Ross, specialist registrar in palliative medicine
  1. Marie Curie Centre Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH10 7DR

    EDITOR—Nahin and Straus highlight the problems of conducting clinically rigorous research in complementary medicine.1 They are right, though, to emphasise the need for such research; in an era of evidence based medicine it is difficult to justify deploying resources in the absence of convincing benefit. Complementary treatments have many advocates in palliative medicine, and many hospice services offer, or are under pressure to offer, such treatments. We have reported a pilot study of a randomised prospective study …

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