Smallwood Report


The Role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the NHS (UK National Health Service): An Investigation into the Potential Contribution of Mainstream Complementary Therapies to Healthcare in the United Kingdom (UK) – Led by Christopher Smallwood and commissioned by HRH The Prince of Wales (2005).

The Report (193 pages) concludes (page 8):

‘…Our main conclusion is that there appears to be sufficient evidence to suggest that some complementary therapies, listed in the report, may be more effective than conventional approaches in treating certain chronic and psychosocial conditions, and that specific treatments offer the possibility of cost savings, particularly where they can be provided in place of, rather than in addition to orthodox treatments…’

and further that:

‘…Our principal recommendation therefore is that Health Ministers should invite the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to carry out a full assessment of the cost-effectiveness of the therapies which we have identified and their potential role within the NHS, in particular in relation to the closing of “effectiveness gaps…’

(Note: NICE has been re-named the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence)

To review the Smallwood Report, please click on the following link to a Pdf: smallwood-report