Every week an estimated million people worldwide consult homeopaths for help with their health (1). So...
Who consults homeopaths?
Why do they consult homeopaths?
What types of symptoms/ concerns/ problems do these patients have?
What happens to these patients - do they get better, worse or stay the same?
The Making Cases Count programme helps homeopaths collect this information from their patients in everyday practice. Once collected (and anonymised), this information can be shared with people who want to know about homeopathic treatment: patients, other healthcare professionals, healthcare funders, insurers, commissioners, researchers......
The Making Cases Count programme was led by Clare Relton. Clare is now a senior lecturer in clinical trials at Queen Mary University of London in the UK. An article describing the rationale for the Making Cases Count programme was published in 2014. Read the full article here. Find out how it all started here.
(1) Homeopathy is used by patients in every country in the world. This estimate is based on the following information and assumptions. It has been estimated that there are 300,000 practitioners of homeopathy in India (Manchandra, R.K, 2000). Assuming an additional 200,000 homeopaths outside India, and that each homeopath is consulted by an average of 2 patients week, then worldwide a million patients consult homeopaths every week.worldwide. ~Reference: Manchandra, R.K. (2000), ‘Cost effectiveness and efficacy of homeopathy in Primary Health Care units of Delhi – a study’
What is Making Cases Count?
Report what patients say
Describing what patients do and why they do it is powerful evidence. Making Cases Count recommends that you use an outcome measure that captures the patient voice, the patient perspective, e.g. 'The symptom that bothers me most is my insomnia and its really bad at the moment’ MYMOP is probably the best way of capturing the patient voice for practitioners who treat more than one type of disease - they are consulted by patients who report a diverse range of symptoms.
Use a validated outcome measure
When collecting information it is vital that everyone collects in the same way. Then when you want to compare your results with others - its alot easier. It is also important that the tool (form, questionnaire etc) used to collect this information has been put together well and tested to make sure it does measure what it says it is measuring.
To find out more go to our MYMOP and Outcome Measures pages.