Meeting the Need for Rigorous Research in Health Care Claims
The public is constantly faced with claims about therapeutic and healing practices. Trying to sort out what works and what does not is often done in a haphazard and unreliable manner—or the information is not available at all.
The evidence gap poses a challenge to health professionals,educators, funders and patients seeking to establish whether a health claim is supported by valid clinical evidence. There is a need for a streamlined, systematic and valid process for evaluating the safety and effectiveness of these claims.
Samueli Institute created SEaRCH™ (Scientific Evaluation and Review of Claims in Health Care) to fill this gap by offering a scientifically rigorous, yet systematic and streamlined method for evaluating claims of therapies,practices or products for treating disease, improving health and/or improving human performance.
SEaRCH™ has particular applicability to traditional complementary and alternative medicine and integrative health practice but is equally valid for any claim of any intervention—be it a product, practice or program.