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

Claudia M Witt*, Rainer Lüdtke, Nils Mengler and Stefan N Willich

BMC Public Health 2008, 8:413  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-8-413

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Lack of control group

David Corney   (2009-04-17 16:05)  University College London email

There appears to be no control group in the analysis described, making it hard to come to any conclusion about the effectiveness or otherwise of the homeopathic treatments. The patients report that their symptoms improve over time, but how does this compare with either a) no treatment; or b) 'conventional' medical treatment? This seems especially important for a diagnosis such as "headache", if the follow-up is 2 or 8 years later. Surely most headaches have cleared up by then anyway?

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