Priority Areas for Research in Homeopathy
In this document
- Why Research in Homeopathy
- Need for Research and Priority Areas
- Executive Summary
- Applicability of this Document
- The Next Step
- Priority Areas
- Homeopathic Principles
- Fundamental Research
- Clinical research
- Using paramedical tools
- Drug development and standardization
- Drug Proving
- Homeopathy in Public Health
- Veterinary Homeopathy
- Homeopathic market research
© Dr Saurav Arora under Initiative to Promote Research in Homeopathy (IPRH).
Imprint – Version 1.4 (October 2018)
Need for Research and Priority Areas
The homeopathic research is gaining momentum, and this surge has sparked a new era, where the responsibility lies in undertaking quality research. There is a small but robust research portfolio for homeopathy ranging from basic science to clinical research and it continues to grow today around the world. A research question is generated out of choice, interest, observation and uncertainty and there are many areas in homeopathy where we should venture on a priority basis, in order to attain quality documentation of reliable evidence. Priority areas also serve as a guide for researchers and funding agencies. The aim of prioritization is to promote innovative proposals to stimulate increased quality, visibility or availability of research at a national, regional or international level. The “priority” depends upon many factors which may range from available resources, the applicability of research, health care needs, expertise, etc.
In May 2014, IPRH published the first version (1.1) of Priority Areas for Research in Homeopathy (PARH) whose development was guided by common questions people usually ask, “where and what to start researching in homeopathy”. In November 2014 the second version (1.2) was published considering the reviews received for version 1.1. The version 1.3 preserved the original frameworks (1.1 and 1.2) with minor updates, as deemed necessary and was updated in November 2016. The current version is 1.4 with minor additions and updates.
The PARH has been developed to:
“Identify homeopathic research priorities considering experiences and critical gaps that can be adapted by clinicians, academicians, researchers/research institutions, local health authorities and funding agencies”
Applicability of this Document
PARH doesn’t aim to replace existing documents/material on priority areas developed by researchers and health care systems, but rather aim to aid them with the common consensus. This document may be used to:
- Create awareness amongst homeopathic fraternity regarding research areas which are of vital importance considering the present status of homeopathy, resources and expertise.
- Ease out identification of areas of one’s own interest and thus provoke thinking process regarding “where to start working”.
- Suggest an exhaustive list of priority areas which are important to venture into, and thus innovative proposals may be developed on these lines.
- An exhaustive list of topics for MD, post-graduation, and PhD thesis topics.
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