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Homeopathy for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder or hyperkinetic disorder

Overview of attention for article published in Cochrane database of systematic reviews, January 2007
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Title
Homeopathy for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder or hyperkinetic disorder
Published in
Cochrane database of systematic reviews, January 2007
DOI 10.1002/14651858.cd005648.pub2
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Authors

Coulter, M K, Dean, M E, Heirs, Morag, Dean, Mike Emmans

Abstract

Homeopathy is one form of complementary/alternative medicine which is promoted as being a safe and effective form of treatment for children and adults. Within the UK homeopathy use is estimated at 1.9% of the adult population (Thomas 2004), and around 11% for children under 16 years (Simpson 2001). There has been increased interest in homeopathy's potential as a non-pharmacological intervention for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder as an alternative to the use of stimulant medications such as Ritalin. Homeopathy is a system of medicine based on the principle of treating "like with like" using various dilutions of natural or man-made substances. Homeopathy focuses on the unique characteristics of each patient's experience and symptomatology and uses this information to determine the appropriate prescription for each patient. To assess the safety and effectiveness of homeopathy as a treatment for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. We searched a wide set of databases from their inception to March 2006 including: CENTRAL, MEDLINE, AMED, BIOSIS, CISCOM, CINAHL, Dissertation Abstracts, ECH (European Committee for Homeopathy thesis database), EMBASE, ERIC, HomInform (Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital Library), LILACS, PsycINFO, Science Citation Index, SIGLE, GIRI - International congress on ultra-low doses, Liga Medicorum Homeopathica Internationalis. We contacted experts in the field about ongoing or current research. All studies where individualised, clinical or formula homeopathy had been used to treat participants with ADHD or HKD who were randomly or quasi-randomly allocated to either true treatment or a control were selected. Control groups could include wait-list, no treatment, medication, placebo homeopathy, educational or behavioural interventions. Data from four eligible studies (total n = 168) were extracted and entered into RevMan. Results were synthesised and estimates of the effect sizes were calculated and presented as appropriate (using standardised mean differences) in both graphical and narrative form (narrative only was used where no effect size calculation was possible). The forms of homeopathy evaluated to date do not suggest significant treatment effects for the global symptoms, core symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity or impulsivity, or related outcomes such as anxiety in Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. There is currently little evidence for the efficacy of homeopathy for the treatment of ADHD. Development of optimal treatment protocols is recommended prior to further randomised controlled trials being undertaken.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 3 3%
United States 3 3%
Spain 1 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Unknown 95 90%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 18 17%
Student > Doctoral Student 18 17%
Student > Master 16 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 15 14%
Student > Bachelor 10 10%
Other 28 27%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 48 46%
Psychology 22 21%
Social Sciences 10 10%
Nursing and Health Professions 8 8%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 7 7%
Other 10 10%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 65. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 27 June 2017.
All research outputs
#163,910
of 8,939,869 outputs
Outputs from Cochrane database of systematic reviews
#518
of 8,816 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#1,076
of 75,783 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Cochrane database of systematic reviews
#2
of 29 outputs
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