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Journal of Integrative Medicine: Volume 16, 2018   Issue 1,  Pages: 6-13

DOI: 10.1016/j.joim.2017.12.001
Research methods in complementary and alternative medicine: an integrative review
1. Fabiana de Almeida Andrade (Anhembi Morumbi University, Sao Paulo 01423-001, Brazil E-mail: fabisgt@gmail.com)
2. Caio Fabio Schlechta Portella (Department of Naturology, Anhembi Morumbi University, Sao Paulo 06730-000, Brazil )

The scientific literature presents a modest amount of evidence in the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). On the other hand, in practice, relevant results are common. The debates among CAM practitioners about the quality and execution of scientific research are important. Therefore, the aim of this review is to gather, synthesize and describe the differentiated methodological models that encompass the complexity of therapeutic interventions. The process of bringing evidence-based medicine into clinical practice in CAM is essential for the growth and strengthening of complementary medicines worldwide.

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Andrade FA, Portella CFS. Research methods in complementary and alternative medicine: an integrative review. J Integr Med. 2017 November; Epub ahead of print.
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