Why do patients opt for complementary and alternative therapies when they are ill? Is the relationship and communication between a patient and a practitioner as important in the treatment as the complementary treatments prescribed?
The answers to these questions are the focus of a new research study at one of the countrys foremost complementary medicine research centres, thanks to Department of Health (DoH) funding of £330,000. Dr Sarah Brien, a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, has received a DoH fellowship award to run a dedicated programme evaluating herbal and homeopathic medicines in the treatment of arthritic-type conditions.
In particular, she is focusing on the relationship between the patient and the practitioner and looking carefully at how this relationship affects the overall benefit of these treatments. In addition, the DoH award also includes funding for a doctoral studentship that will investigate the role of the practitioner to identify how they provide an effective consultation and outcome from their treatment.
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