Evidence

Evidence

Our ‘What’s the Evidence?’ reports are an ongoing series of reports designed to summarise what is known about the effectiveness of a particular treatment or therapy. These reports are a synthesis of existing research and are not new studies that we have carried out.

The reports are written in response to queries from families about the research that exists surrounding specific therapies and treatments. We produce reports about both NHS and complementary or alternative treatments. 

A table summarising previous questions we have been asked and how we have responded is available here: Questions we have been asked PDF 211KB.

Please note: the views expressed here are those of the Peninsula Cerebra Research Unit and do not represent the views of the Cerebra charity, or any other parties mentioned. We strongly recommend seeking medical advice before undertaking any treatments/therapies not prescribed within the NHS.

The ‘What’s the Evidence?’ reports will hopefully give you an idea of what the evidence looks like for the therapy of interest. Although they are produced systematically, they are not academic systematic reviews, and do not in themselves provide evidence about whether or not the therapy is effective. They are designed to provide information to families and help parents to make decisions based on the evidence available. We understand that research evidence may be just one of the factors that might influence a parent or young person's decision to try a treatment or therapy, and these reports are designed to make that information available should it be required.

It is important to bear in mind that even when there is limited evidence of the effectiveness of a treatment in a group or population studied in a research project, individual children may still improve while receiving a treatment.

If you have found that a particular treatment or therapy appears to benefit your child then we are certainly not advising you to stop using this treatment.

When we are writing these reports we search various databases for research papers, contact organisations that are providing the treatment and ask other expert professionals working in the field for their opinion. The databases that we use to look for research are available for you to access, and can be found in the 'Searching for evidence on the internet' section of this page.

Please bear in mind that we cannot offer a personal advice service, or individual responses to queries about treatments.

If you would like to suggest a topic for a report, please contact us.