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Understanding Research and scientific papers

‘Research is easy… if you do it alright’

12th April 2024
  • Martien Brands

As a complementary practitioner you may feel insecure by what is needed to collect scientific data from your practice; ‘research’ should consist of a clinical trial – as this way ‘evidence-based medicine’ is practiced by conventional medicine. But ‘Soccer is not difficult when you do it right’ – as a well-known Dutch football player said – and this applies well to research in our practices.

We often want to know what we are doing in our practice, and the approach of ‘practice-based evidence’ has been developed as an appropriate method.
This way we also can learn from each other’s experience. Models have been developed for recording patient’s experience, and also our own diagnostic and therapeutic work.
And that is the purpose of this seminar: support your own therapeutic work with data and results, in an accessible way.

So, we investigate this seminar four main questions.

Preceded by an introduction, the main ‘five steps’ we take in science:

  1. What is our aim,
  2. Which design and methods we use?
  3. Data collection and recording
  4. Analysis of our data – related to the aim
  5. Results: presenting the data and discussion
  6. This will help us to read papers and studies in journals, – and to write them

The four questions:

  1. What are we doing in our practice – the illnesses, the types of patients, the effects
  2. How do I want to present these data – with a sharp eye on the nature of integrative medicine;
    1. how to connect person and illness
    2. is everything predictable or rather probable – ideal and reality in medicine
    3. how can we translate the complexity of illness (many data are involved) into clear data
  3. which persons do I wish to include in my registration: my own patients, or a collective with other colleagues – a solo work or in a team
  4. when do I plan this
    1. then we use the ‘five steps’ above; and choose whether we want to ‘prove’ our effect, or ‘improve’ our work.

To get started we will send each participant a simple recording model to use in the own practice 1-2 months before, to record a limited number of patients.
The study coordinator will transfer questions and replies between participants and the teacher, for a smooth preparation.
So, we can start right at the beginning of the seminar.

 Finally:
‘You don’t need to know everything but learn where you can find it’
It is an ongoing learning, a ‘droplet irrigation’ which may bear fruits in a sustainable way.

  • Martien BrandsMartien Brands, MD PhD, was a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Homeopathy at the University of Liverpool from 2002 to 2007. From 2007 to 2013 he led the Center for Integrated Care in Amsterdam. Since then he has been conducting homeopathic research into the effects on malaria, cancer and migraine and the interaction between doctors and patients. He has been teaching Foundations of Western Medicine (MBK) and Western Medicine continuing education seminars at HVNA since 2012 and at Shenzhou Open University of TCM since 2017.
Price

Shenzhou student: 15%
External TCM student 5%
(Limited places available for students)
Please see the payment and registration conditions for seminars in the registration form.

Accreditation
  • NVA-WM-C, Zhong (Cat.2A), NWP, LVNT, VBAG.
Dates & Time
12th April 2024
10 am – 17 pm (1 hour break)
Location
Shenzhou Open University of TCM
Geldersekade 67, 1011 EK Amsterdam
Language
English
Levels of experience
  • Acupuncturist, or final year student
  • Acupuncturist, Herbalist or final year student
  • Therapist with valid MBK (WM) diploma
Number of participants
The minimum number of participants required is 20.

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