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Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 163–170 | Cite as

Toward Evidence-Based Chinese Medicine: Status Quo, Opportunities and Challenges

  • Yao-long Chen
  • Chen Zhao
  • Li Zhang
  • Bo Li
  • Chuan-hong Wu
  • Wei Mu
  • Jia-ying Wang
  • Ke-hu Yang
  • You-ping Li
  • Chiehfeng Chen
  • Yong-yan Wang
  • Chen Wang
  • Zhao-xiang Bian
  • Hong-cai Shang
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Abstract

How to test the treatments of Chinese medicine (CM) and make them more widely accepted by practitioners of Western medicine and the international healthcare community is a major concern for practitioners and researchers of CM. For centuries, various approaches have been used to identify and measure the efficacy and safety of CM. However, the high-quality evidence related to CM that produced in China is still rare. Over the recent years, evidence-based medicine (EBM) has been increasingly applied to CM, strengthening its theoretical basis. This paper reviews the past and present state of CM, analyzes the status quo, challenges and opportunities of basic research, clinical trials, systematic reviews, clinical practice guidelines and clinical pathways and evidence-based education developed or conducted in China, pointing out how EBM can help to make CM more widely used and recognized worldwide.

Keywords

evidence-based medicine Chinese medicine randomized controlled trial systematic review clinical practice guidelines 

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We thank Janne Estill for his valuable comments and revisions on an earlier draft of this manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yao-long Chen
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Chen Zhao
    • 5
  • Li Zhang
    • 6
  • Bo Li
    • 7
  • Chuan-hong Wu
    • 8
  • Wei Mu
    • 6
  • Jia-ying Wang
    • 9
  • Ke-hu Yang
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • You-ping Li
    • 10
  • Chiehfeng Chen
    • 11
  • Yong-yan Wang
    • 12
  • Chen Wang
    • 13
  • Zhao-xiang Bian
    • 5
  • Hong-cai Shang
    • 1
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Chinese Internal Medicine of Ministry of Education, Dongzhimen HospitalBeijing University of Chinese MedicineBeijingChina
  2. 2.Evidence Based Medicine Center, School of Basic Medical SciencesLanzhou UniversityLanzhouChina
  3. 3.Key Laboratory of Evidence Based Medicine and Knowledge Translation of Gansu ProvinceLanzhouChina
  4. 4.Chinese GRADE CenterLanzhouChina
  5. 5.China School of Chinese MedicineHong Kong Baptist UniversityHong Kong SARChina
  6. 6.Department of Clinical PharmacologySecond Affiliated Hospital of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese MedicineTianjinChina
  7. 7.Department of Gastroenterology, Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese MedicineCapital Medical UniversityBeijingChina
  8. 8.State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine, Institute of Chinese Medical SciencesUniversity of MacauMacaoChina
  9. 9.Department of Acupuncture and MoxibustionWuxi People’s HospitalJiangsuChina
  10. 10.Chinese Cochrane Centre, West China HospitalSichuan UniversityChengduChina
  11. 11.Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Wan Fang HospitalTaipei Medical UniversityTaipeiChina
  12. 12.Institute of Basic Research in Clinical MedicineChina Academy of Chinese Medical SciencesBeijingChina
  13. 13.Department of Respiratory and Critical Care MedicineChina-Japan Friendship HospitalBeijingChina

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