What alternative health

practitioners might not tell you



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A test which was designed to find out whether the regulation of the UK osteopathic and chiropractic professions had any impact on the research activity in the areas of efficacy and safety concluded that "[These] data do not support the hypothesis that regulation of a healthcare field will increase research in that area". Further comments in this editorial include "Regulation should be a step towards professionalism, which, in turn, should stimulate research activity and eventually lead to answers to the most pressing open questions… Regulating uncertainties, it seems generates regulated uncertainties rather than certainties." P. Canter and E. Ernst, 'The effect of statutory regulation of osteopathy and chiropractic on research activity in the UK', Physical Therapy (2005) [pdf]