Welcome from the RCCM Chair
The RCCM is a UK Registered Charity founded in 1983 to develop and promote good quality research into complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and enhance evidence based medicine in this area. The RCCM is unique in its focus on developing research into CAM.
The vision of RCCM is to widen the availability of and access to safe and effective complementary therapies for patients within the National Health Service and across the UK, in order to help in preventing disease and improve patients' health and quality of life.
Our members are researchers, practitioners and non-commercial organisations involved with the complementary medicine sector.
For subscribing members, depending on their level of membership (See Join the RCCM tab), there is an extensive 'Resources for CAM Research' section that is available. You can also sign up as an ordinary member for free and join our active CAM Research Network (CAMRN), via the box on the left (CAMRN Login).
As a charity we are always grateful for any donations to support our work. Our Making a Donation page gives further details of the funds we hope to raise.
Prof Nicola Robinson
RCCM Conference 2013
The RCCM celebrated its 30th year with a conference held at the Royal Society on 25th September 2013 and entitled "From Hierarchy of Evidence to Good Practice - Celebrating 30 years of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine". Speakers included Prof Sarah Stewart-Brown (University of Warwick); Prof George Lewith (University of Southampton); Dr Karen Pilkington (University of Westminster); Nick Hudson (CAP ASA); and Roger Newman Turner (Founder member of the RCCM).
Presentations not only outlined the milestones achieved by the RCCM in its 30 year history but its challenges and opportunities. The role of evidence in healthcare and what counts as evidence were discussed and why, and the key developments and organizations involved in efforts to compile an evidence base for complementary and alternative medicine. The pros and cons of RCTs were presented and why their results may be misleading with regard to Complementary Medicine and the key issues for future research in CAM. Specific aspects of the Advertising Standards Agency regulations and the standards that are applied to evidence for advertising claims and where to go for help were also covered.
The conference explored how the RCCM has helped progress this evidence debate. Individual care does not always 'square' with RCT evidence. The importance is to balance evidence from various sources and understand how to use it. A major challenge to practitioners has been the evidence challenge in being able to advertise their practice by providing appropriate 'evidence based' patient care.
Please see details on our membership scheme - the details of which are under the 'Join the RCCM' tab of the left hand menu. Researchers can still join as CAMRN members, but I hope as many as possible will become RCCM Friends which will help us in developing the work of the RCCM.