Table 2

Principle topics for "entry" and "exit" interviews

"Entry" Interview Topics

Prior experience of conventional treatment for index condition

Referral pathway to BHH (e.g. initiated by whom?)

Prior experience of homeopathy (self, family, friends, media)

Attractions of homeopathy

Expectations about content of first homeopathic consultation

Thoughts on the "mind body link" in relation to their problem

Expectations about outcome of homeopathic treatment

Thoughts on how homeopathy "works"

"Exit" Interview Topics

Process of care

Experience of homeopathic treatment

Insights into self and health through care process

Comparison with other health care experiences

Comparison of prior expectations with perceived reality of care

Experience of personal attributes of homeopathic doctor


Beliefs on how this was chosen

Understanding of the nature of the remedy

Experience of taking the remedy


Health changes over treatment period

Health changes in relation to other measures such as questionnaire scores

Views on relative influences of consultations, remedies, chance etc

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