The Seekers Method™
There is an overall lack of evidence supporting Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). While many natural treatments have been used for centuries and many have been shown effective in clinical trials, these are typically not large or rigorous enough for doctors to consider them ‘proven’. Problems with lack of funding, study design, standardizing treatments and appropriate placebos make it unlikely that this will ever change. Observational data, which is evidence from real-world use of a treatment, has the potential to help solve this global problem. With the growing use of mobile technology, it has become possible to collect data on CAM use from both patients and providers at the point of care.
BEAM (Bringing Evidence to Alternative Medicine) is a project that enables documenting treatments and patient’s progress through the development and use of a mobile app. This will allow for the crowdsourcing of clinical outcomes data at the point of care to help patients better navigate CAM treatment options more safely and effectively. Aggregate data collected through the BEAM project will serve as a resource to global healthcare.
With the BEAM project, the Seekers Centre is developing these tools and evaluating their potential to gather outcomes data and improve care.