Can CAM treatments be evidence-based?

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dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Hjelt Institute (-2014) en
dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Hjelt Institute (-2014) en Louhiala, Pekka Hemilä, Harri 2017-10-28T16:02:01Z 2017-10-28T16:02:01Z 2014
dc.identifier.citation Louhiala , P & Hemilä , H 2014 , ' Can CAM treatments be evidence-based? ' , Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies , vol. 19 , no. 2 , pp. 84-89 . en
dc.identifier.issn 1465-3753
dc.identifier.other PURE: 40182782
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: 739ff65c-0d1c-46b2-a596-62e957003552
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 84900992954
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0002-4710-307X/work/31015433
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0003-4538-504X/work/32021842
dc.description.abstract In this article, we first take a critical look at the definitions of evidence-based medicine (EBM) and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). We then explore the question of whether there can be evidence-based forms of CAM. With the help of three examples, we show that EBM and CAM are not opposites, but rather concepts pointing at different dimensions. Each of the three examples is an evidence-based treatment according to three to five randomised, double-blind placebo controlled trials with consistent findings and narrow pooled confidence intervals. The most reasonable interpretation for the existence of evidence-based CAM treatments seems to be that the opposite of CAM is ‘mainstream medicine’, and the demarcation line between CAM and mainstream medicine is not simply defined by the question of whether a treatment works or not. Some effective treatments may belong to the CAM domain for historical reasons and because of preconceptions within mainstream medicine. Therefore, some treatments that currently lie outside mainstream medicine can be evidence-based. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies
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dc.subject 3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health en
dc.subject vitamin C en
dc.subject Common Cold en
dc.subject Complementary medicine en
dc.subject Evidence based medicine en
dc.subject Asthma en
dc.subject zinc lozenges en
dc.title Can CAM treatments be evidence-based? en
dc.type Article
dc.description.version Peer reviewed
dc.type.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/other
dc.type.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/acceptedVersion

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