Prognostic factors in PMS treatment
Christien Klein-Laansma, MD
Homeopathic physician, freelance researcher at the Louis Bolk Institute, Driebergen
In women with premenstrual syndrome (PMS), symptom patterns vary. Individualised homeopathy addresses this variation, but how can we predict which medicine will work for ‘this’ woman? In homeopathy, we rely on ‘keynote’ symptoms and characteristics in the materiamedica that indicate the use of a specific homeopathic medicine. For example ‘dancing improves’ could indicate Sepia officinalis for a woman. But, how can we know if a keynote is a reliable predictor (prognostic factor) for improvement? We will try to answer these questions by applying the principles of prognostic factor research on clinical research data. Data, extracted from two subsequent clinical PMS studies with individualised homeopathic treatment using 11 homeopathic medicines, will be additionally analysed. Using Bayesian statistics, we will calculate and present prognostic values of identified symptom-medicine combinations for treatment of women with PMS.
Medical doctor since 1982, practising homeopathy since 1993, additional training and working in clinical research since 2007. Coordinator of clinical research projects on homeopathic treatment of women with PMS with several publications, also involved in a data-collection project in daily practice.
Previously president of the board of the Dutch homeopathic doctors association (VHAN). Has written texts concerning medical issues and homeopathy in popular magazines and in a national newspaper. Started career in psychiatry and as a teacher for nursing students, before embarking on homeopathy.
Present member of the Research Committee of the European Committee for Homeopathy (ECH).