Therapie. 1995 Jan-Feb; 50(1): 41-5.
[Controlled clinical trial and homeopathic treatment of ORL and recurrent respiratory tract infections in children: preliminary survey of homeopathic physicians]
Service de Pharmacologie Clinique, Lyon, France.
We performed a survey to assess the feasibility of a placebo-controlled clinical trial of the treatment of recurrent ENT/respiratory tract infections in children, to assess the diversity of the drugs prescribed, and the acceptability of a clinical trial to homeopathic physicians. A mailed questionnaire was sent to 237 homeopathic physicians, asking for details of prescriptions for 10 consecutive children consulting for ENT/respiratory recurrent infections, and for two simulated cases. We also asked for their opinion about homeopathic treatment evaluation. Only 48 (20 per cent) questionnaires were returned completed. These gave 309 different acute treatments and 422 different preventive treatments for the 10 consecutive patients and 87 different prescriptions for the simulated cases. A total of 467 different drugs were used. The physicians who replied were favourable to the evaluation of homeopathic drugs, reluctant for the use of a placebo; and they would like to receive training in drug evaluation. Setting up a clinical trial in this field would require specific methodological and logistical adaptations, and a detailed training programme for the homeopathic doctors beforehand.