To advance research in holistic healing disciplines, we need to develop research methodologies that are appropriate for these disciplines. In these videos, Dr. Martha Herbert, a pediatric neurologist at Harvard Medical School and board member of the Foundation, discusses the opportunities that lie ahead for this research.
Watch these videos to hear Dr. Herbert talk about:
- Holistic practitioners need new research tools to document their successes. They need to no longer be hindered or intimidated by the limited conventional models of research.
- The effectiveness of holistic medicine often cannot be well-documented through the traditional randomized placebo-controlled trial (RCT). This is because the RCT starts with the assumption that patients can be standardized. This is not true–every patient is unique.
- In holistic medicine, treatments constantly adjust to the individual. We need research methods that take this into account. For example:
- If you standardize the measurements you take, and you gather data on enough subjects, you can get statistically significant findings without standardizing the research subject.
- You also need to track a much wider range of outcomes, such as quality of life, and not simply focus on changes in a single chief complaint.