Evidence summaries

BAcC Fact Sheets and Research Papers: these are summaries of the research on the effectiveness and mechanisms of acupuncture for a given medical condition

NIHR Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) www.york.ac.uk/inst/crd: you can freely search their databases of systematic reviews, economic evaluations and health technology assessments

Cochrane Library www.thecochranelibrary.com: you can freely (in the UK and many other countries) search the database of their own (highly regarded) systematic reviews

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Evidence Online (CAMEOL): the database can be viewed on the Research Council for Complementary Medicine website (www.rccm.org.uk) by members. It contains reviews of research evidence for CAM therapies for a few conditions that were identified as NHS priorities, but only up to 2009 (funding was withdrawn then).

University of Maryland Medical School’s Center for Integrative Medicine www.compmed.umm.edu: you can download a copy of their document ‘Complementary medicine resources for health professionals and researchers’, which includes an extensive list of evidence resources for CAM

BMJ Grouphttp://clinicalevidence.bmj.com/ceweb/about/index.jsp: up to date summaries of the clinical evidence for different interventions