Guidelines on Developing Consumer Information on Proper Use of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine
(2004; 109 pages) View the PDF document
Table of Contents
View the documentAcknowledgements
View the documentForeword
View the documentPreface
View the documentGlossary
Open this folder and view contents1. General Considerations
Open this folder and view contents2. Development of Consumer Information
Open this folder and view contents3. General Principles and Activities for Ensuring Reliable TM/CAM Information
Close this folder4. Topics to Consider when Developing Consumer Information Promoting Proper Use of TM/CAM
View the document4.1 General information
View the document4.2 Where to find reliable information
View the document4.3 How to identify reliable information
Open this folder and view contents4.4 TM/CAM medication therapies
Close this folder4.5 Procedure-based TM/CAM therapies
View the document4.5.1 Therapeutic claims
View the document4.5.2 Precautions
View the document4.6 Practitioners
View the document4.7 Pricing and health insurance coverage
View the document5. Use of this Publication
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4.5.1 Therapeutic claims

The effectiveness and benefits of procedure-based TM/CAM therapies usually depend on the individual practitioner’s education and training level as well as clinical experience and the efficacy of the particular TM/CAM therapy.

In order to guide consumers in the selection of appropriate TM/CAM procedure-based therapies, national authorities and international or national/local professional organizations can develop national lists of widely used TM/CAM procedure-based therapies, together with the respective claims based on existing clinical evidence. Different levels of claims can be presented, such as suggested in section 4.4.1. The WHO document Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials may serve as a good example (30).

The quality of a certain procedure-based TM/CAM therapy is largely dependent on the skills of the TM/CAM practitioner (see section 4.6).

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