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Open Access Commentary

Commentary on Mathie RT et al. Method for appraising model validity of randomised controlled trials of homeopathic treatment: multi-rater concordance study

Mikel Aickin

Author Affiliations

National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, OR, USA

BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012, 12:240  doi:10.1186/1472-6882-12-240

Published: 29 November 2012

Abstract

Although many researchers agree that applying conventional drug-trial quality criteria to CAM studies lacks plausibility, few take on the burden of devising alternative criteria in a specific area of CAM. This commentary points out strengths and weaknesses in the approach taken in the work of Mathie and colleagues to do this for homeopathy.