Notes to editors
- The King’s Fund convened an independent advisory group with an interest in research, regulation, public involvement and complementary practices to provide an analysis of the evidence presented and to identify areas of agreement. The group was chaired by Professor Dame Carol Black and the members were:
- Harry Cayton, Chief Executive, Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence
- Professor Adrian Eddleston, then Vice-Chairman, The King’s Fund
- Professor George Lewith, Professor of Health Research, Complementary and Integrated Medicine Research Unit, University of Southampton
- Professor Stephen Holgate, MRC Clinical Professor of Immunopharmacology, University of Southampton
- Professor Richard Lilford, Head of School of Health and Population Sciences, University of Birmingham
- The King's Fund also brought together researchers, academics, practitioners and funders of research to participate in a two-day consensus conference into complementary practice. The conference took place on 22–23 October 2007. The aim was to explore whether it was possible to reach a consensus to guide those who fund research, those who carry it out, those who commission and those who deliver, in the task of developing a robust evidence base. The report Assessing complementary practice: building consensus on appropriate research methods drew on contributions to that conference as well as subsequent discussion among the panel. It can be downloaded from The King’s Fund website.
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