Study designs of evaluations included in the review
Comparative trials where participants were treated with classical individualised homoeopathy versus allopathic treatments. Trials of non-individualised homoeopathy were excluded.
Specific interventions included in the review
Classic homoeopathy (individualised homoeopathic prescriptions based on the 'like cure like' principle) or allopathic remedies (oral salicyclates, salazopyrine plus aspirin, dicylomine hydrochloride, dietary measures, chloroquine, antibiotics, penicillin) or placebo.
Participants included in the review
Adults and children with a variety of illnesses (rheumatoid arthritis, proctocolitis, irritable bowel disease, malaria, otitis media or tonsillitis).
Outcomes assessed in the review
Clinical outcomes (e.g. improvements) are stated as the outcome measure for each illness included in the review, but further details of the outcome measures are not stated.
How were decisions on the relevance of primary studies made?
The author does not state how the papers were selected for the review, or how many of the reviewers performed the selection.