Best Available Evidence in Cochrane Reviews on Herbal Medicine?

Davidson, Elyad and Vlachojannis, Julia and Cameron, Melainie ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5788-8790 and Chrubasik, Sigrun (2013) Best Available Evidence in Cochrane Reviews on Herbal Medicine? Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2013:163412. pp. 1-7. ISSN 1741-427X

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Abstract

Cochrane reviews are considered by many to be the 'gold standard' or the final word in medical conversation on a topic. We explored the eleven most relevant Cochrane reviews on herbal medicine and identified that frequently herbal medicines in the included studies had not been sufficiently well characterised. If data on the effects of the plant parts are unavailable, effects of co-active ingredients need to be considered and the plausibility of the study medications for the specific indications discussed. Effect sizes calculated from exploratory studies would be best used to determine the sample sizes required for future confirmatory studies, rather than as definitive reports of intervention effects. Reviews should be comprehensive, including discussion of putative adverse events and possible drug interactions. We suggest that the guidelines for preparing Cochrane reviews be revised and offer assistance in this task.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2021 03:38
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2021 03:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: evidence based practice; systematic review; herbal medicine; cardiovascular effort; mortality
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1104 Complementary and Alternative Medicine > 110499 Complementary and Alternative Medicine not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4208 Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine > 420899 Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 20 HEALTH > 2099 Other health > 209999 Other health not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1155/2013/163412
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/38780

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