The Effect of Individualised Homoeopathic Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02363673|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 16, 2015
Last Update Posted : May 19, 2016
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Autism Spectrum Disorder||Other: Individualised homoeopathic remedy in aqua distilla||Phase 2|
The aim of this study is to determine the effect of individualised homoeopathic treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). A minimum of 10 participants between the ages of 3 to 6 years, both male and female, will be recruited. This study is of a descriptive case study design, with a structured interview and quantitative measurement components. The data collection will take place over 12 weeks at both the University of Johannesburg's Health Training Centre and the schools for Autistic children within Gauteng.
A parent/guardian must be present for all consultations to aid data collection. Week 0 will consist of an explanation of the study, the Participant Information and Assent Form and the Parent/Guardian Information Form . The Consent Form will be signed by the parent or guardian if they wish their child to participate in the study. The child will also be informed on the details of the study and have to consent to their participation.
The participant will be screened using screening checklist, which includes the completion of the CARS by the researcher and guardian, to determine their eligibility to take part in the research study. If they are eligible to take part in the study, the researcher will conduct a case taking, the ATEC and a relevant physical examination (including vital signs). This information will serve as a baseline for each participant in the study along with the previous information attained from the CARS used in the participant's screening.
The first interview will consist of a structured interview of approximately 90 minutes duration with the parent/guardian, where after the following structured interviews will take 60 minutes, wherein the participant will be free to move around and interact with their environment as naturally as possible.
The researcher will then establish the participant's individualised homoeopathic remedy according to the principles of classical homoeopathy by using the Complete Repertory 2014 provided in Mercurius® repertory software.The selected remedy will be provided to the participant within 24 hours with instruction on how to take it.
The participant will be consulted with their parent/guardian 3 more times, at weeks 4, 8 and 12, where on each occasion they will have their case taken, the CARS and the ATEC conducted as well as a relevant physical examination. At the interviews on week 4 and 8, each case will be re-evaluated and the appropriate individualised homoeopathic remedy dispensed. Each participant will receive their individualised homoeopathic remedy in aqua distilla drops to be put into the participant's mouth, which will be prescribed with the most suitable repetition and potency for the participant, according to laws of homoeopathy that govern individualised homoeopathic prescribing. The case taking will assist in determining the potency and frequency of the remedy given. No remedy will be dispensed at week 12.
Data will be analysed by Statkon using non-parametric tests including the Friedman and the Wilcoxin post-hoc analyses. A positive outcome of this study will contribute to the accessibility of a complementary treatment for ASD as well as denote the requirement for further research studies on the subject. The outcome of this study may add to the body of knowledge of individualised homoeopathic treatment on ASD.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||10 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Single Group Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||The Effect of Individualised Homoeopathic Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children|
|Study Start Date :||February 2015|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||July 2015|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||July 2015|
Experimental: Individualised Homoeopathic Remedy
Each participant is to receive an individualised homoeopathic remedy in aqua distilla according to their symptoms and characteristic manifestations of their disorder. Although different individualised remedies may be dispensed, each remedy will be homoeopathic. Remedies will be dispensed in aqua distilla. Each individualised homoeopathic remedy will have an individualised dosage, frequency and duration based on the laws of individualised homoeopathic prescribing.
Other: Individualised homoeopathic remedy in aqua distilla
Each participant is to receive an individualised homoeopathic remedy according to their symptoms and characteristic manifestations of their disorder.
- Childhood Autism Rating Scale [ Time Frame: Every 4 weeks for 12 weeks ]The Childhood Autism Rating Scale will be conducted at weeks 0, 4, 8 and 12.
- Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist [ Time Frame: Every 4 weeks for 12 weeks ]The Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist will be conducted at weeks 0, 4, 8 and 12.
- Case notes [ Time Frame: Every 4 weeks for 12 weeks ]Qualitative data collection will be collect by means of case notes which will be taken at weeks 0, 4, 8 and 12.
To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02363673
|University of Johannesburg Doornfontein Campus|
|Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, 2094|
|Study Director:||N Gower, MTechHom||Senior Lecturer|