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Randomised controlled trials

The widely accepted method of proving whether or not a medical intervention works is called a randomised controlled trial (RCT). One group of patients, the control group, receive placebo (a “dummy” pill) or standard treatment, and another group of patients receive the medicine being tested. The trial becomes double-blinded when neither the patient nor the practitioner knows which treatment the patient is getting. RCTs are often referred to as the “gold standard” of clinical research.

Up to the end of 2013, a total of 188 RCT papers in homeopathy (on 100 different medical conditions) have been published in good quality scientific journals. 44% of the RCTs have a balance of positive evidence, 5% have a balance of negative evidence, and 47% have not been conclusively positive or negative; 4% of the RCTs do not contain data that are suitable for analysis.

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