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New guidelines for reporting clinical trials of biofield therapies

New guidelines for reporting clinical trials of biofield therapies
2024-02-08
(Press-News.org) New guidelines for reporting clinical trials of biofield therapies are presented in the peer-reviewed Journal of Integrative and Complementary Medicine (JICM). Biofield therapies (BFTs), such as External Qigong, Healing Touch, Reiki, and Therapeutic Touch, are a related group of integrative medicine interventions in which practitioners use their hands on or above a client’s body to stimulate healing and well-being. Click here to read the article now.

The guidelines call for including details of the intervention protocols relevant to biofield therapy trials. The Reporting Evidence Guidelines comprises a 15-item intervention checklist. Included for each item are an explanation, and exemplars of reporting from peer-reviewed published reports of biofield therapy trials.

“We anticipate that Biofield Therapies Reporting Evidence Guidelines will expedite the peer review process for biofield therapy trials, facilitate attempts at trial replication and help to inform decision-making in the clinical practice of biofield therapies,” state Richard Hammerschlag, from Consciousness and Healing Initiative, and coauthors.

“Reporting guidelines are proven to increase the quality of evidence in the respective research area. The innovative and unique Reporting Evidence Guidelines will decisively advance the quality and thus also the acceptance of Biofield Therapies research,” says JICM Editor-in-Chief Holger Cramer, PhD.

About the Journal
Journal of Integrative and Complementary Medicine (JICM) is the leading peer-reviewed journal providing scientific research for the evaluation and integration of complementary and integrative medicine into mainstream medical practice. The Journal is under the editorial leadership of Editor-in-Chief Holger Cramer, PhD, University of Tübingen, Germany, and other leading investigators.

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Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. is a global media company dedicated to creating, curating, and delivering impactful peer-reviewed research and authoritative content services to advance the fields of biotechnology and the life sciences, specialized clinical medicine, and public health and policy. For complete information, please visit the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. website.

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