groups » Medical anthropology and ethnobotany » DRAFT FOR DISCUSSION - Consensus Statement on Ethnopharmacological Field Studies – ConSEPTFSAttached files: ConSEPTFS_draft_2016.pdf
One problem which has ‘haunted’ ethnopharmacology, is the lack of clearly defined standards on how to conduct ethnopharmacological field studies. This ambiguity regarding appropriate methods and how to analyse data has resulted in a lack of clear and well-communicated outcomes. In addition, there is no consensus on what constitute meaningful objectives and aims of such studies (or a hypothesis). One way to overcome this is a community-wide consensus document which defines minimal standards for conduction and reporting such field studies. While it cannot define specifics of a project, it will help all researchers to ascertain that the data are reported in a transparent way, that they are meaningful and can be applied in future research (and development).
A working group has drafted a statement, based on the CONSORT guidelines for clinical trials, which is available for comment until the end of February 2017.
Then it will be discussed at user group meetings at the next International Society for Ethnopharmacology meeting (Beirut April 2017), the World Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health in Berlin (May 2017), the Society for Ethnopharmacology meeting in Surat, Gujarat, India and possibly some other conferences.
The final version will then be made freely available via one of the leading journals (open access).
The document is divided into two parts – one dealing with any study looking at local and traditional knowledge using a sociocultural sciences based approach, and one focusing on studies using documental and archival material (historical ethnopharmacological studies).
Please send your comments (by February 2017).