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Quality assurance

The basis in our routines for quality assurance is the use of reputable research databases, and that we base our information on systematic reviews when we speak about the effect of complementary and alternative therapies (CAM). The assessments we make of the research is quality assured by researchers at NAFKAM.

Sources

Our main sources are:

Based on the systematic reviews in these databases we make our overviews of what we are able to say about the effect of those CAM therapies where there is research. These are published as fact sheets (Norwegian: faktaark) about therapies, food, herbs and supplements. As our main goal is to provide the Norwegian population with information, these fact sheets are in Norwegian.

Even with research on the level of systematic reviews it can be difficult to be certain. The research often has some limitations, which makes the researchers have some reservations about the results. Researchers often write in a complicated manner, and in their professional language. This can make it hard to understand what the research results say, and what they don't say. Some phrases that are used are:

  • Likely effective (Har trolig effekt): The researcers concludes that the studies shows that the treatment has an effect on the health problem in question, and that the studies are so good that the findings of efficacy probably are correct.
  • Possibly effective (Har muligens effekt): The researcers concludes that the studies shows that the treatment has an effect on the health problem in question, but that more and better studies clearly are needed to confirm this.
  • Possibly not effective (Har muligens ikke effekt): The researcers concludes that the studies shows that the treatment do not have an effect on the health problem in question, but that more and better studies clearly are needed to confirm this.
  • Likely not effective (Har trolig ikke effekt): The researcers concludes that the studies shows that the treatment do not have an effect on the health problem in question, and that the studies are so good that the findings probably are correct.
  • We do not know (Man vet ikke): When the research is so deficient or contradictory that the researchers can not say whether the treatment is effective or not

For information about safety of using specific therapy, we use PubMED as our main source. When it comes to the medicinal use of food, herbs and supplements we also regularly use Natural Medicines as a source.

We also rely on Norwegian and other governmental websites.

NAFKAM -

Norway's National Research Center in Complementary and Alternative Medicine

We work to give you facts about complementary and alternative medicine, so that you can make safer choices for your health.

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