Homeopathy 2009; 98(03): 142-148
DOI: 10.1016/j.homp.2009.04.001
Original Paper
Copyright © The Faculty of Homeopathy 2009

Homeopathy in the public health system: a seven-year observational study at Lucca Hospital (Italy)

Elio Rossi
1  Homeopathic Clinic, ASL 2 Lucca, Tuscany Regional Homeopathic Reference Centre, Italy
,
Cristina Endrizzi
1  Homeopathic Clinic, ASL 2 Lucca, Tuscany Regional Homeopathic Reference Centre, Italy
,
Maria Alessandra Panozzo
1  Homeopathic Clinic, ASL 2 Lucca, Tuscany Regional Homeopathic Reference Centre, Italy
,
Alba Bianchi
1  Homeopathic Clinic, ASL 2 Lucca, Tuscany Regional Homeopathic Reference Centre, Italy
,
Monica Da Frè
2  Observatory of Epidemiology, Regional Health Agency of Tuscany, Italy
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Publication History

Received27 October 2007
revised26 April 2009

accepted30 April 2009

Publication Date:
15 December 2017 (online)

Objective: To evaluate the response to homeopathic treatment in a public homeopathic clinic of all patients attending between September 1998 until December 2005, and to analyze homeopathic practice.

Methods and setting: Longitudinal observational study in a homeopathic clinic based in a public hospital in Lucca, Italy. Data relating to patient details, clinical diagnosis, remedy prescribed, potency of dosage, prescription strategy and identification of the case as acute-chronic-recurrent were analyzed. Clinical response was assessed by the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital Outcome Score.

Results: Overall 74% of patients reported at least moderate improvement. Outcomes were better with longer treatment duration and younger age of patients. Respiratory, followed by dermatological and gastrointestinal pathologies responded best, psychological problems relatively poorly.

Conclusions: Homeopathic therapy is associated with improvement in a range of chronic and recurring pathologies. Certain characteristics of patient and pathology influence the outcome.