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Best Practice in Research: Consensus Statement on Ethnopharmacological Field Studies - ConSEFS

Heinrich, M; Lardos, A; Leonti, M; Weckerle, C; Willcox, M; with the ConSEFS advisory group, .; (2018) Best Practice in Research: Consensus Statement on Ethnopharmacological Field Studies - ConSEFS. Journal of Ethnopharmacology , 211 pp. 329-339. 10.1016/j.jep.2017.08.015. Green open access

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Ethnopharmacological research aims at gathering information on local and traditional uses of plants and other natural substances. However, the approaches used and the methods employed vary, and while such a variability is desirable in terms of scientific diversity, research must adhere to well defined quality standards and reproducible methods OBJECTIVES: With ConSEFS (the Consensus Statement on Ethnopharmacological Field Studies) we want to define best-practice in developing, conducting and reporting field studies focusing on local and traditional uses of medicinal and food plants, including studies using a historical approach. METHODS: After first developing an initial draft the core group invited community-wide feedback from researchers both through a web-based consultation and a series of workshops at conferences during 2017. OUTCOMES: The consultation resulted in a large number of responses. Feedback was received via a weblink on the Journal of Ethnopharmacology's website (ca. 100 responses), other oral and written responses (ca. 50) and discussions with stakeholders at four conferences. The main outcome is a checklist, covering best practice for designing, implementing and recording ethnopharmacological field studies and historical studies. CONCLUSIONS: Prior to starting ethnopharmacological field research, it is essential that the authors are fully aware of the best practice in the field. For the first time in the field of ethnopharmacology a community-wide document defines guidelines for best practice on how to conduct and report such studies. It will need to be updated and further developed. While the feedback has been based on responses by many experienced researchers, there is a need to test it in practice by using it both in implementing and reporting field studies (or historical studies), and peer-review.

Type: Article
Title: Best Practice in Research: Consensus Statement on Ethnopharmacological Field Studies - ConSEFS
Location: Ireland
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.jep.2017.08.015
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2017.08.015
Language: English
Additional information: © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Consort (adaption), Traditional medicine, ethnopharmacological field studies, historical studies, medicinal plants
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > UCL School of Pharmacy
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > UCL School of Pharmacy > Pharma and Bio Chemistry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1571585
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