Title: Evaluation of the quality of life after individualized homeopathic treatment for seasonal allergic rhinitis. A prospective, open, non-comparative study
Authors: Goossens, Maria Emanuela Albert ×
Laekeman, Gert
Aertgeerts, Bert
Buntinx, Frank
ARCH study group #
Issue Date: Jan-2009
Publisher: Elsevier sci ltd
Series Title: Homeopathy vol:98 issue:1 pages:11-16
Abstract: Background: Quality of life (QoL) is an important outcome measure in the treatment of
seasonal allergic rhinitis (SAR), a condition for which homeopathy is frequently used.
Objective: The assessment of the effect of homeopathic medical prescriptions with the
Rhino-conjunctivitis Quality of Life Questionnaire (RQLQ) in the treatment of SAR.
Methods: A prospective, open, non-comparative study was conducted in Belgium.
Patients aged between 14 and 68 years with SAR were treated by one of seven homeo-
pathic physicians. Patients completed the RQLQ at baseline and again after three and
four weeks of homeopathic treatment.
Results: Seventy-four patients were screened, of whom 46 met the study eligibility cri-
teria (average age 36 years, 70% female). The mean RQLQ score at baseline was 3.40
(±.98). After three and four weeks of homeopathic treatment it had fallen to 1.97 (±1.32)
(P = 0.0001), and 1.6 (±1.28) (P = 0.0001), respectively.
Conclusions: After homeopathic treatment, patients reported an alleviation of their
symptoms of allergic rhinitis as reported in the RQLQ. A formal Randomized Clinical Trial
(RCT) is indicated.
ISSN: 1475-4916
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Academic Center for General Practice
Research Centre for Pharmaceutical Care and Pharmaco-economics (-)
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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