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Unless we design research programs to look at why people would rather stay on country than receive effective health treatments, Aboriginal health may not improve. Dan Peled/AAP

Controlled experiments won’t tell us which Indigenous health programs are working

Like all good health care, improving health in remote settings requires an evidence base. But forcing all research questions into the randomised controlled trial model is not the answer.
Homeopathic medicines are not drugs and homeopathy involves much more than the use of a particular therapy. Oonagh Taeger/Flickr

Does the weight of evidence signal the end of homeopathy?

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recently completed a review of the evidence for homeopathy’s effectiveness and, after analysing systematic reviews of clinical trials, concluded…
The centuries-long practice of blood letting was finally proven to be ineffective, thanks to clinical trials in the 19th century. The Medieval Cookbook/Wikimedia Commons

From ‘trust us, we’re doctors’ to the rise of evidence-based medicine

MEDICAL HISTORIES - The final instalment in our short series discusses the evolution of evidence-based medicine. Like bleeding, doctors’ intuition was a central part of medical practice until it was categorically…

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