Introduction to the Research Methods in CAM series

Broom, Alex, Barnes, Jo and Tovey, Philip (2004) Introduction to the Research Methods in CAM series. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 12 2-3: 126-130. doi:10.1016/j.ctim.2004.07.041


Author Broom, Alex
Barnes, Jo
Tovey, Philip
Title Introduction to the Research Methods in CAM series
Formatted title
Introduction to the Research Methods in CAM series
Journal name Complementary Therapies in Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0965-2299
1873-6963
Publication date 2004-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ctim.2004.07.041
Volume 12
Issue 2-3
Start page 126
End page 130
Total pages 5
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Language eng
Formatted abstract
There is increasing awareness of a need for rigorous research into complementary and alternative medicine, but as yet, limited guidance has been given to researchers, practitioners and students as to the range and scope of the various methodologies available and how existing methods can be modified for CAM research. This research methods series provides an outline of the main methods for researching CAM-related issues, including clinical trials, cross-sectional studies and qualitative methodologies. Drawing on the experiences of a range of experts in CAM research, each article in this series addresses the scope and strengths of a particular methodological approach. This series aims to convey the basis and objectives of particular methodologies within the context of CAM research, and thus, each paper will draw on actual examples of CAM research. It is intended to be of value both to inexperienced researchers and to those who are more experienced but are looking to broaden their range of knowledge.

In this introduction, we outline some of the fundamental concepts for researching CAM, providing an overall sense of where each methodological approach outlined in this series fits in the ‘order of things’. We outline different design strategies, the philosophical differences underpinning particular approaches to collecting data, and the issue of bias in research design and analysis.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Journal issue June-September 2004

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Publications
 
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