What type of research questions can AMRIT address?
One of the key strengths of the AMRIT project is its inclusive and accommodating design. At the heart of the AMRIT project is an ability to facilitate many collaborations between and across researchers and practitioners as well as the employment of a wide range of research approaches and methods to answer a diverse range of related yet distinct research questions.
AMRIT will help to address many potential research questions including:
- How cost-efficient is Ayurveda?
- How much do patients spend on their Ayurvedic care (alongside other care)? And to what extent is affordability a factor in patient decision-making regarding Ayurveda?
- How effective is Ayurveda and what range of benefits do patients gain from their Ayurvedic care?
- What is the safety and risk of Ayurvedic care?
- What influences patient decision-making regarding Ayurveda consultations and follow-up care?
Why is AMRIT adopting a PBRN design and can this design include efficacy and safety research?
A PBRN design such as that employed by the AMRIT
project is ideally matched to the current research needs of UK based Ayurvedic Professionals. In particular, the PBRN design of AMRIT
affords a broad focus essential to establishing a national, coordinated platform of evidence critical to informing further detailed, specific sub-studies. This is particularly important for Ayurvedic Professionals given the current lack of information around daily care, clinical activity and other important issues. Significantly, such coordinated platform evidence is also vital to contextualising and strengthening the impact of clinically-focused investigations, effectively helping bridge the gap between findings from clinical trials and other related designs and the realities of practitioners’ everyday care.
The broad research focus of a PBRN design allows the AMRIT project to accommodate and address investigation of a vast number of issues important to Ayurveda, the profession, patients and the UK health care system more generally. The AMRIT project design will accommodate both qualitative and quantitative research and examination of the efficacy, effectiveness, safety and cost evaluation of aspects of Ayurveda.
What are the aims of the AMRIT project?
- Produce extensive, quality research output (evidence-base) focused upon Ayurvedic use within the UK
- Establish a sustainable, national research resource (national database) for Ayurveda in the UK
- Ensure a closer relationship between research output and the needs of Ayurveda and patients
- Develop extensive partnerships and collaborations across the Ayurvedic research and practice community and beyond
- Develop national research capacity in Ayurveda