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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 96-100

Methodological attributes and statistical tools in Ayurveda clinical trials—Are we missing something?

Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences, Janakpuri, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Adarsh Kumar
Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences, Janakpuri, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jras.jras_131_22

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In recent decades, few uncertainties have been expressed about the quality of research in Ayurveda, based on aspects such as the rationale for undertaking the study, accurate research gap analysis, study methodology, data collection, data analysis, and relevant interpretation of the findings. It might be argued that the principles and practice of different systems of medicine vary too much to allow universal application of existing methodological or reporting guidelines that predominantly cater to contemporary medicine. In the present-day research, many researchers find it difficult to provide an accurate and reliable assessment of the outcomes that can form a scientific evidence base for Ayurveda. ICH E9 (R1) addendum to the guidelines on statistical principles for clinical trials and methods in 2020 has revamped the approaches to designing clinical trials and the effective use of statistical tools to convey the study outcomes. This article attempts to present the statistical implications and various methodological aspects that are often missed, misinterpreted, or left unaddressed by researchers in Ayurveda clinical research. Insight on the vital components of good clinical research such as designing aspects, sampling, randomization, and data analysis is provided in brief.

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