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High prevalence but limited evidence in complementary and alternative medicine: guidelines for future research

  • Felix H Fischer1Email author,
  • George Lewith2,
  • Claudia M Witt1, 3,
  • Klaus Linde4,
  • Klaus von Ammon5,
  • Francesco Cardini6,
  • Torkel Falkenberg7, 8,
  • Vinjar Fønnebø9,
  • Helle Johannessen10,
  • Bettina Reiter11,
  • Bernhard Uehleke12,
  • Wolfgang Weidenhammer13 and
  • Benno Brinkhaus1
BMC Complementary and Alternative MedicineThe official journal of the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR)201414:46

Received: 12 August 2013

Accepted: 4 February 2014

Published: 6 February 2014

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Original Submission
12 Aug 2013 Submitted Original manuscript
13 Sep 2013 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Andrew Long
7 Oct 2013 Reviewed Reviewer Report - John Hughes
11 Nov 2013 Author responded Author comments - Felix Fischer
Resubmission - Version 2
11 Nov 2013 Submitted Manuscript version 2
10 Jan 2014 Author responded Author comments - Felix Fischer
Resubmission - Version 3
10 Jan 2014 Submitted Manuscript version 3
4 Feb 2014 Editorially accepted
6 Feb 2014 Article published 10.1186/1472-6882-14-46

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Authors’ Affiliations

Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Economics, Charité Universitätsmedizin, Berlin, Germany
Complementary and Integrated Medicine Research Unit, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
Center for Integrative Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA
Institute of General Practice, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany
Institute of Complementary Medicine (KIKOM), University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Healthcare and Social Agency of Emilia Romagna Region, Bologna, Italy
Research Unit for Integrative Healthcare Research, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
I C – The Integrative Care Science Center, Järna, Sweden
National Research Center on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NAFKAM), University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway
Institute of Public Health, Research Unit Health, Man and Society, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
International Academy for Holistic Medicine, Vienna, Austria
Institute of Complementary Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Competence Centre for Complementary Medicine and Naturopathy, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technische Universität, Munich, Germany