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How healthy are chronically ill patients after eight years of homeopathic treatment? – Results from a long term observational study



Abstract
Background: Homeopathy is a highly debated but often used medical treatment. With this cohort study we aimed to evaluate health status changes under homeopathic treatment in routine care. Here we extend former results, now presenting data of an 8-year follow-up.

Methods: In a prospective, multicentre cohort study with 103 homeopathic primary care practices in Germany and Switzerland, data from all patients (age >1 year) consulting the physician for the first time were observed. The main outcome measures were: The patients' perceived change in complaint severity (numeric rating scales from 0 = no complaint to 10 = maximal severity) and quality of life as measured by the SF-36 at baseline, and after 2 and 8 years.

Results: A total of 3,709 patients were studied, 73% (2,722 adults, 72.8% female, age at baseline 41.0 ± 12.3; 819 children, 48.4% female, age 6.5 ± 4.0) contributed data to the 8-year follow-up.

The most frequent diagnoses were allergic rhinitis and headache in adults, and atopic dermatitis and multiple recurrent infections in children. Disease severity decreased significantly (p < 0.001) between baseline, 2 and 8 years (adults from 6.2 ± 1.7 to 2.9 ± 2.2 and 2.7 ± 2.1; children from 6.1 ± 1.8 to 2.1 ± 2.0 and 1.7 ± 1.9). Physical and mental quality of life sores also increased considerably.
Younger age, female gender and more severe disease at baseline were factors predictive of better therapeutic success.

Conclusion: Patients who seek homeopathic treatment are likely to improve considerably. These effects persist for as long as 8 years.

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Comment by Jerry Van den Bosch on April 17, 2009 at 4:18pm
http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/picrender.fcgi?artid=2630323&blobtype=pdf
Comment by Debby Bruck on April 17, 2009 at 4:27pm
Thank you for posting.
Comment by Suzi Duff ISHom on April 17, 2009 at 4:34pm
This is a great study, thanks Jerry for sharing it. It's particulary robust due to the number of participants and observations over time.
Comment by Suzi Duff ISHom on April 17, 2009 at 4:39pm
Jerry - does this mean there was a check on each person AFTER eight years? or does it mean that they each UNDERWENT eight years of treatment? Thanks in advance for clarifying.
Comment by Jerry Van den Bosch on April 17, 2009 at 4:57pm
Dear Suzi, here you can read everything you want about it:
Please copy the link in your browser (Internet, firefox or safari, ...):
http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/picrender.fcgi?artid=2630323&blobtype=pdf

it's too much to explain in detail, you must read the whole document. There you can see wich patients are still under treatment and ...
Comment by Jerry Van den Bosch on April 18, 2009 at 4:16am
Comment by Suzi Duff ISHom on April 20, 2009 at 1:09pm
Thanks very much Jerry, very useful.

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