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The Northern College of Acupuncture

These e-learning sessions are dedicated to the memory of the early pioneers of acupuncture education in the UK, including Denis Lawson-Wood, Sidney Rose-Neil, Keith Lamont, Mary Austin, Royston Low, Jack Worsley and Dick van Buren

Taster Session 1 - How to Find Online Research Evidence: Section 1

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Peggy Welch


Dr. Peggy Welch


How can you ensure you are giving the very best advice to your clients?


Careful research can help you to understand the latest information in your field and improve your professional standing!



Others contributing to this session

Session 1: Overview
Sonia Williams, PhD Nutritional Therapist
Session 1: Overview
Hugh MacPherson, PhD Acupuncturist
Session 1: Overview
Morag Heirs, PhD CAM Researcher, Massage Therapist





Click play to view a video interview with Dr. Hugh MacPherson about his personal journey into research, which in his case concerned acupuncture research, but which we think is an encouraging story for many other areas of CAM and Oriental medicine. It is an example of the way in which one practitioner with an interest in research can produce results which influence national healthcare policy. So we hope it will inspire you to delve deeper into the area of research. Once you click play, please be patient if the video takes a minute or two to load. If you prefer to skip the video for now, that's fine. Carry on viewing the slides below, listening to the audio and following the weblinks, and we will take you through a detailed process which will enable you to find online research information for yourself.

What is the evidence?

"Evidence-based practise (EBP)...


Its basic principles are that all practical decisions made should:

  • be based on research studies and
  • that these research studies are selected and interpreted according to some specific norms characteristic for EBP

Typically such norms disregard theoretical and qualitative studies...according to a narrow set of criteria of what counts as evidence."

From Wikipedia:


Whose evidence?

Evidence-based medicine: a commentary on common criticisms
  • EBM - further optional reading to learn more about the pros and cons:
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    • ADLEY, J. A., DAVIS, J. & KHAN, K. S. (2007) Teaching and learning evidence-based medicine in complementary, allied, and alternative health care: An integrated tailor-made course. ALTERN COMPLEMENT MED, 13, 1151.
    • SACKETT, D., ROSENBERG, W., GRAY, M., HAYNES, B., RICHARDSON, S (2001) Evidence based medicine: what it is and what it isn't. IN DAVEY, B., GRAY A., SEALE C. (Ed.) Health and Disease: a reader. UK, Open University Press.
    • SEHON, S. R. & STANLEY, D. E. (2003) A philosophical analysis of the evidence-based medicine debate. BMC Health Services Research, 3.
    • PHILLIPS, B., BALL, C., SACKETT, D., BADENOCH, D., STRAUS, S., HAYNES, B. & DAWES, M. (1998) Oxford Centre for Evidence-based Medicine - Levels of Evidence (Updated by Jeremy Howick March 2009) Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, available at accessed 26/5/14.
    • RICHARDSON, J., JONES, C. & PILKINGTON, K. (2001) Complementary therapies: what is the evidence for their use? Professional Nurse, 17, 96-99.
    • COHEN, A., STAVRI, P. & HERSH, W. (2004) A Categorization and Analysis of the Criticisms of Evidence-Based Medicine. Int J Med Inform.

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