CAM Research Methods

What is Research?

To most people, the idea of research is 'intimidating' - it conjures up a complex and secret activity done on a grand scale in large institutions. In fact, it can be very simple and may involve nothing more than a practitioner asking questions of his/her patients. Moreover, the question asked can be very down-to earth, such as whether cot deaths are reduced when babies are laid to sleep on their sides rather than on their backs.

Formally, research is the activity of discovering things, supplying new information and increasing the understanding of the world. In medical or health services research, this includes a vast range of activities, from discovering ways to improve medical care and establishing new treatments, to monitoring the effect of changes to lifestyle and uncovering adverse effects of existing treatments. In essence the research method represents a systematic way of gathering information and reaching an answer based on that information.

Below there are a set of documents providing specific guidance for CAM Research. Please note that these documents were written in the 1999. As a result, some of the links and information may be out of date. Nonetheless, as a guide to undertaking some simple research, we hope you find them useful.


Introduction to Research


Research Advice


Research Audit and Q&A


Audit of Patient Care

Last updated on19 August, 2013 - 16:48
Created on23 December, 2010 - 17:48