Network for Research on Alternative Therapies
||Alternative Therapies, Holistic Medicine, International
Network, Investigation, Database
||INRAT helpd to create frames for exchange of research-based
knowledge on alternative therapies. The project ended in 1995.
A major task at present is to create frames for exchange of research-based
knowledge on alternative therapies. Several networks for research on alternative
therapies have been established during the past few years - national as
well as international and therapy-specific as well as general in scope.
The INRAT network had three main purposes:
Being sponsered, hosted and run within the frames of social science and
the humanities, the international networking activities will primarily
aim at creating links among researchers and knowledge based in these scholastic
Being based in Denmark, it naturally aims at creating links and frames
for exchange of knowledge among Danish researchers doing research on alternative
therapies within all scholastic and scientific disciplines.
Through collaboration with national networks of other Nordic countries,
it may function as a body for Nordic networking within research on alternative
Through the gathering of researchers' and research based knowledge,
INRAT aims at stimulating the development of appropriate theoretical and
methodological approaches for the study of alternative forms of therapy
and their effects.
The development of a methodology, which yields potentials for a broad
evaluation of various forms of therapy is given high priority.
For this purpose studies contributing to an understanding of social,
cultural and philosophical aspects of alternative therapies seem highly
necessary. Partly to give insight in the socio-cultural background and
potential consequences of alternative therapies, and partly to create a
more broadly based frame of reference for effect evaluation of these therapies.
In support of the latter point special emphasis is put on the development
of methodologies by which subjective aspects of healing processes can be
conceptualized and included in evaluation of the effects and working principles
of alternative therapies. Expressed in medical terms, one may say, that
one of the aims of INRAT is to promote understanding of the placebo-effect.
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