CAMEOL Database

Please note that the CAMEOL project was completed in 2009. The outcomes of the project, although now in need of updating, are considered to be of sufficient interest and importance to be reproduced here in order that they can reach a wider audience. The methodology used in compiling the CAMEOL database is provided as part of each report (see CAMEOL Reports link). 

The NHS Priorities/CAMEOL Project was a joint project between the Research Council for Complementary Medicine (RCCM) and the School of Integrated Health (now part of the School of Life Sciences), University of Westminster (UoW), London and University of Plymouth, UK.

Original aims of the project

  1. To carry out a detailed review and critical appraisal of the published research in specific complementary therapies, focussing on key areas of NHS priority.
  2. To make this information available to health care professionals, researchers and the public via the Internet.
  3. To maintain an evidence-based information resource that reflects current research evidence and to establish an ongoing process for updating this information.

The project was initially funded for 3 years by the Department of Health. Following an external evaluation of the project, a further 18 months of funding was received in March 2006. The RCCM and the UoW together with the Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital (now the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine) were also awarded the contract to develop the National Library for Health Complementary and Alternative Specialist Library (this has now been subsumed within NHS Evidence Much of the work carried out as part of the CAMEOL project has been used in the Library development and information has also been incorporated into the Library. This process is set to continue.

Update December 2009
The topics of rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, depression and low back pain are now available on NHS Evidence – complementary and alternative medicine (See Each of these topics will be updated on an annual basis and further topics will be added in the future.

Please note that other topics have not been updated so please check when the searches for evidence were conducted as further relevant studies may have been published subsequently.

Funding is currently being sought to continue the CAMEOL project.

If you have any comments on CAMEOL, we would be very pleased to hear them. Please contact Dr Karen Pilkington on