World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Complementary and Integrated Medicine Research Unit, University of Southampton

Article Id: WHEBN0033438317
Reproduction Date:

Title: Complementary and Integrated Medicine Research Unit, University of Southampton  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: University of Southampton, Textile Conservation Centre, Wessex Scene, Southampton University Boat Club, South Stoneham House
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Complementary and Integrated Medicine Research Unit, University of Southampton

The Complementary & Integrated Medicine Research Unit is a research group based at Maurice Laing Foundation.[1]

One in ten of the UK population use complementary medicine each year and approximately 50% are lifetime users. The unit has therefore focused some of its research on how people use CAM.[2] and looks at methodology in Cam research.[3] The House of Lords’ Select committee Report in 2000 clearly defined a public need for further research into both safety and efficacy. As a consequence the unit has been able to attract around £5 million in funding over the past decade. This makes the Southampton group the best funded and most successful UK research group within this field, as well as being one of the most successful European groups in terms of external peer review funded projects.

Staffing and approach

The complementary medicine research unit has a multidisciplinary team (non-clinical post-docs, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacists and health psychologists) in Southampton which has focused on primary clinical research within CAM.

These studies have been directed at asking not only where complementary therapies may be most applicable, but whether and how they work. There has also been an emphasis on the nature and content of the therapeutic relationship within complementary medicine. The unit is in the process of developing clinical trial methodology that will allow it to look at the consultation independently from a particular therapeutic intervention, focusing particularly on the non-specific effects of homeopathy and acupuncture in chronic disease.


  1. ^ Lewith, George (2005) Complementary medicine research unit. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM), 2, (3), 399-407. (
  2. ^
  3. ^

External links

  • Official website
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.