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Case series of 20 children diagnosed with ADHD treated with homeopathy for a year
This case series will investigate the following questions: Is there evidence to suggest the validity of homeopathic treatment for this client group? Which particular homeopathic treatment methods seem most effective? More
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition affecting increasing numbers of children. Anecdotal evidence suggests that Homeopathic treatment is effective. Current clinical trials have used specific homeopathic methodologies and trial structures. Results reflect the effectiveness of the particular approaches. This observational study aims to explore the variety of methodologies available, and see whether any conclusions can be reached as to what constitutes 'best practice' for this client group.
20 children age 5-16 from two geographical areas (Thames Valley and Northamptonshire) are being treated for a year each. Children receive an initial consultation and 6 follow ups at 6 week intervals, mirroring normal homeopathic practice. Children in Northamptonshire are seen in a clinical setting. Children in Thames Valley are seen in their own homes.
Outcome measures are Conners 80 point Parent's Rating scale administered at 1st consultation; 6 months and 1 year; MYMOP 2 administered at each consultation. At each consultation the homeopath notes the methodology used and outlines the rationale.
The project protocol has been peer reviewed and validated by the HRI Scientific Advisory Committee. Recruitment and treatment of children began in April 2010.To date, 16 children have received homeopathic treatment, 7 in the Thames Valley and 8 in Northampton. The project is being carried out as part of an MSc in Research Methodologies at Goldsmiths University.
Morag Hiers, Research Fellow, Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York
Professor John Gruzelier, Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths University
Dr Deborah Bowden, Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths University