Another meta-analysis of homeopathy shows how devastatingly negative the evidence truly is
Did we not have a flurry of systematic reviews of homeopathy in recent months? And were they not a great disappointment to homeopaths and their patients? Just as we thought that this is more than enough evidence to show that homeopathy is not effective, here comes another one. This new review evaluated RCTs of non-individualised homeopathic treatment (NIHT) in which the control group received treatments other than placebo (OTP). Specifically, its aim was to determine the comparative effectiveness of NIHT on health-related outcomes for any given condition. For each eligible trial, published in the peer-reviewed literature up to the end of 2016, the authors assessed its risk of bias (internal validity) using the seven-domain Cochrane tool, and its relative pragmatic or explanatory attitude (external validity) using the 10-domain PRECIS tool. The researchers grouped RCTs by whether these examined homeopathy as an alternative treatment (study design 1a), adjunctively with another