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All trials — a compendium of ongoing clinical trials

American Council on Science and Health

Angular cheilitis help Information about angular cheilitis, treatments that may work and those that do not

Association of Cancer Online Resources

Avert — averting HIV and AIDS. Information about fake AIDS “cures”

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Bandolier — on-line journal of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford: Cochrane collaboration

BioMedSearch — a search engine that contains all PubMed/MedLine publications, plus additional journals and a collection of theses and dissertations that are not available elsewhere

Birth defects

Birth injury guide

Brain Basics: Preventing Stroke

Breast feeding — the evidence: Dr Caroline Jay’s website

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Clinical Research focus — the journal of the Institute of Clinical Research

Committee on Publication Ethics

Consumer Justice Foundation

CSICOP Committee for the Scientific Investigation of the Paranormal

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DC’s Improbable Science page

Department of Health (UK)

Dr Chris Cates’ EBM Website

Drug3k — Online Drug Encyclopedia — Prescription medication information for consumers

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ebm-first — what alternative health practitioners might not tell you

EMEA European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products

Equator network — the resource centre for good reporting of health research studies

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FAO Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN

Food and Nutrition Information Center, US Dept of Agriculture

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General Chiropractic Council

General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies

Glasgow Evidence-Based Medicine Society — a medical student society at the University of Glasgow that hosts interactive teaching workshops and runs a mentorship programme

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Healthy Skepticism — a global organisation that aims to improve health by reducing harm from misleading health information

Hoax-slayer

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Information is beautiful — a very informative site linking to the scientific evidence for the efficacy or lack of efficacy of nutritional supplements

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James Lind Library, authoritative, accessible and documents the evolution of fair tests

James Randi’s home page (James Randi demolished Benveniste’s Nature paper on the memory of water)

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Les Rose’s blog on evidence-based medicine

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Medico-Legal Society

Medline — access to Medline from the US National Library of Medicine

Medtrials — information about current clinical trials in UK and how to apply to be a volunteer

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Mesothelioma guide

Mesothelioma help

Mesothelioma information

Mesothelioma statistics and facts — The Mesothelioma Center offers the most comprehensive and current information on asbestos exposure and mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma symptoms

Museum of Questionable Medical Devices

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National Council Against Health Fraud (USA)

National Diabetes Education Program

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Nightingale collaboration — challenging misleading healthcare claims

Nursegroups.com — a wealth of information about evidence-based medicine

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Nursing explorer — about careers in nursing (mainly USA-based)

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Patient protect — an organisation dedicated to the prevention of neglect and incompetence in our health service

Pleural mesothelioma information

Drug3k Online Drug Encyclopedia — Prescription medication information for consumers

Psychology careers

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Quackometer

Quackwatch — includes links to a large number of sites for medical information

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Recalls of medical and other products

Registered Nurse Schools Guide

Research Autism — a UK charity exclusively dedicated to research into interventions in autism

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Science in Medicine — an Australian website devoted to science in medicine

Sense about Science

Skeptics Dictionary

Snopes — a catalogue of urban myths and email hoaxes

Social Issues Research Centre

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TRIP database — a clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice

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US National Prevention Strategy: Plan for Better Health & Wellness

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What’s the harm

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Women’s nutrition for health

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The placebo effect

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Designing Clinical Trials

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Regulation of homeopathic medicines in the UK

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For full details of the 2019 Annual General Meeting, see the announcement here.

This includes the agenda, the announcement of the HealthWatch Award winner, the Student Prize winners, nominations for Committee, details of the buffet dinner, etc.

Minutes of past Annual General Meetings

AGM minutes 2018 (subject to approval at 2019 AGM)

AGM minutes 2017

AGM minutes 2016

AGM minutes 2015

AGM minutes 2014

AGM minutes 2013

AGM minutes 2012

AGM minutes 2011

AGM minutes 2010

AGM minutes 2009

AGM minutes 2008

AGM minutes 2007

History

The idea behind HealthWatch was first put to journalist and broadcaster Nick Ross in the 1980s by the eminent cancer surgeon Professor Michael Baum. “Michael told me about some tragic cases he’d seen at his breast cancer clinic — women whose condition had disintegrated into suppurating sores because they'd shunned conventional treatment in favour of various alternative therapies that were just not working”.

Nick Ross was among a small group of professionals who met to share Professor Baum’s concern at patients risking their health, not to mention wasting their money, on unproven treatments. HealthWatch was born, with Nick appointed joint president with Michael O'Donnell.

HealthWatch Inaugural Meeting

Inaugural meeting

Its inaugural meeting was held on 1 November 1988 at The Old Bell Tavern in Fleet Street, followed by gatherings at the Royal Society of Medicine. Finally a committee was elected towards the end of the first year whose members included the pathologist Professor Vincent Marks, the medical nutritionist Professor John Garrow, lawyers Diana and Malcolm Brahams, and medical journalist Caroline Richmond.

The original name was the Campaign against Health Fraud, but it was changed to HealthWatch at our second AGM, held on 12 July 1990.

Today

While initially concerned with unproven treatments, over the years HealthWatch has widened its area of concern and now promotes evidence and integrity in all forms of medicine and healthcare. Being completely independent, HealthWatch is able to oppose poor evidence whether it is found in alternative remedies, clinical research, pharmaceutical products, government-run programmes, or the media.

Nick Ross continues as HealthWatch’s president. Its patrons are Dr Margaret McCartney, comedian Robin Ince, Professor Steve Jones FRS, Sir Michael Rawlins and Lord Dick Taverne.

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What is HealthWatch?

HealthWatch was registered in the UK as a charity in July 1991 (Registered Charity no. 1003392).

All our members and committee are volunteers.

We are not associated in any way with the government initiative 'Healthwatch England'.

What are the objects of HealthWatch?

The objects of the charity are the advancement for the public benefit of medical knowledge, training and care in all its branches and in particular the development of good practices in the assessment and testing of treatments and the conduct of clinical trials generally and the promotion of high standards of health care by practitioners.

What does HealthWatch do?

We publish a quarterly newsletter with interesting essays, news and comment on evidence-based medicine.

We present an annual award to an individual who has helped promote evidence and truth in medicine.

We run the HealthWatch Student Prize competition which challenges the ability of students of medicine and allied professions to assess clinical trial protocols.

We host public debates on topics of interest.

We are proud to have been able to lend our support to those whose careers and livelihoods have been jeopardised by their speaking out against misconduct in clinical trials.

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