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General Guidelines for Methodologies on Research and Evaluation of Traditional Medicine
(2000; 80 pages) [French] [Spanish] View the PDF document
Table of Contents
View the documentAcknowledgements
View the documentForeword
Open this folder and view contentsIntroduction
Open this folder and view contents1. Methodologies for Research and Evaluation of Herbal Medicines
Open this folder and view contents2. Methodologies for Research and Evaluation of Traditional Procedure-Based Therapies
Open this folder and view contents3. Clinical Research
Open this folder and view contents4. Other Issues and Considerations
View the documentReferences
Open this folder and view contentsAnnexes
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex I. Guidelines for the Assessment of Herbal Medicinesa
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex II. Research Guidelines for Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy of Herbal Medicinesa
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex III. Report of a WHO Consultation on Traditional Medicine and AIDS: Clinical Evaluation of Traditional Medicines and Natural Productsa
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex IV. Definition of Levels of Evidence and Grading of Recommendationa
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex V. Guidelines for Levels and Kinds of Evidence to Support Claims for Therapeutic Goodsa
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex VI. Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice (GCP) for Trials on Pharmaceutical Productsa
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex VII. Guidance for Industry: Significant Scientific Agreement in the Review of Health Claims for Conventional Foods and Dietary Supplementsa
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex VIII. Guideline for Good Clinical Practicea
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex IX. WHO QOL (Quality of Life) User Manual: Facet Definitions and Response Scalesa
View the documentAnnex X. Participants in the WHO Consultation on Methodologies for Research and Evaluation of Traditional Medicine
 

Acknowledgements

WHO acknowledges its indebtedness to the more than 100 experts, and national health authorities, who provided comments and advice during the preparation of these guidelines. Thanks are also due to those who participated in a WHO informal discussion on research methodology for evaluation of traditional medicine, which took place in Rockville, MD, USA in 1997, where the first draft of the guidelines was prepared.

In particular, we thank those who participated in the WHO Consultation held in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China (Hong Kong SAR) in 2000 (see Annex X), to review and finalize the draft guidelines. We also thank Professor Johan Karlberg, Director of the Clinical Trial Centre of the University of Hong Kong, who revised Part 3; and Dr Williamina Wilson, who edited the final draft.

Appreciation is also extended to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine - a WHO Collaborating Centre for Traditional Medicine - at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA, for their support to initiate this endeavour in 1997; and to the Department of Health of the Government of Hong Kong SAR, the Federation of Hong Kong Industries, and the Innovation and Technology Fund of Hong Kong SAR, for their generous support in hosting the WHO Consultation and for their financial contribution to publication of the guidelines.

© World Health Organization 2000

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