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J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2015 Jul;20(3):180-5. doi: 10.1177/2156587214568459. Epub 2015 Jan 22.

Documentation of prescriptions and clinical outcomes in a homeopathic hospital setting in West Bengal, India.

Author information

1
Clinical Research Unit (Homeopathy), Siliguri, Central Council for Research in Homeopathy, Government of India drsubhranilsaha@hotmail.com.
2
Clinical Research Unit (Homeopathy), Siliguri, Central Council for Research in Homeopathy, Government of India.
3
Mahesh Bhattacharyya Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Government of West Bengal, Howrah, West Bengal, India.

Abstract

Documentation of prescriptions and clinical outcomes in routine homeopathic practice is a prerequisite for conducting targeted research in homeopathy. Six homeopathic physicians participated in methodical data collection over a 3-month period in 6 outpatient departments of Mahesh Bhattacharyya Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital, West Bengal, India. A specifically designed Microsoft Excel spreadsheet enabled recording of consecutive appointments-date, patient identity, medical condition/complaint, whether chronic/acute, new/follow-up case, patient-assessed outcome (7-point Likert-type scale: -3 to +3), prescribed homeopathic medication, and whether other medication/s being taken for the condition. Spreadsheets were submitted monthly for data synthesis and analysis. A total of 1972 patients' follow-up generated data of 2905 appointments, of which 2272 (78.2%) were positive, 183 (6.3%) negative, and 450 (15.5%) showed no change. Strongly positive outcomes (scores of +2/+3) were recorded in osteoarthritis, piles, cough, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, chronic suppurative otitis media, and conjunctivitis. This systematic recording short-listed promising areas of future homeopathic research.

KEYWORDS:

India; homeopathy; patient-reported outcomes; systematic data collection

PMID:
25613329
DOI:
10.1177/2156587214568459
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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