Challenges in systematic reviews of complementary and alternative medicine topics

Paul G. Shekelle, Sally C. Morton, Marika J. Suttorp, Nina Buscemi, Carol Friesen

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Abstract

The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) continues to grow in the United States. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has devoted a substantial proportion of the Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) program to systematic reviews of CAM. Such syntheses present different challenges from those conducted on western medicine topics, and in many ways are more difficult. We discuss 3 challenges: identifying evidence about CAM, assessing the quality of individual studies, and addressing rare serious adverse events. We use illustrations from EPC evidence reports to show readers approaches to the 3 areas and then present specific recommendations for each issue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1042-1047
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Internal Medicine
Volume142
Issue number12 II
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 21 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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