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Membership helps support the Mission Statement of the World Naturopathic Federation

WNF Research Working Group

There is a tremendous amount of research supporting the practice of naturopathy / naturopathic medicine. This research spans traditional knowledge, original research, systematic reviews, case studies and other forms of research. Ensuring ongoing critical appraisal of naturopathic practice through appropriate research is an integral of naturopathic educational institutions is becoming quite standard within the profession.

The WNF has provided information on naturopathic research including naturopathic modalities and listing organizations and institutions that conduct naturopathic research.  It can be found on the WNF Research page.

The key project for the WNF Research Committee over the next few years will be to conduct a Health Technology Assessment (HTA) on the naturopathic profession.  A HTA is the gold standard for evaluating the safety, effectiveness, cost and practice of a profession.

To support the HTA, the WNF Research Committee will be engaging in a number of supportive research projects all aimed at addressing the question, “To what degree is the practice of naturopathy supported by research.”  Here is a list of the supportive projects:

  • The 1st project is focused on analyzing the research done by naturopathic researchers
  • The 2nd project will analyze the peer-reviewed articles written by naturopaths/naturopathic doctors globally
  • The 3rd project will analyze the frequency that naturopathy is mentioned in research
  • The 4th project will look at the research supporting naturopathic modalities.

The WNF has provided a comprehensive listing of naturopathic research institutions and will be creating a hub for accessing naturopathic research on our website.  As part of this process we will also be highlighting significant findings in naturopathic research, especially as it relates to world health issues such as diabetes, anti-microbial resistance and obesity.

Other initiatives of the naturopathic research committee include engaging in fundraising for key naturopathic research projects, such as a cost-effectiveness analysis of naturopathy / naturopathic medicine and in providing opportunities for key naturopathic researchers to complete their PhD.  The International Research Consortium of Naturopathic Academic Clinics (IRCNAC) is affiliated with the WNF and is a collaboration of naturopathic educational institutions with common goals in supporting and advancing naturopathic research globally.

The WNF research committee is also leading a global survey on Intra-professional Collaboration. This survey is being in done in conjunction with EuroCam and the International Association for Human Values. The purpose of the survey is to explore the attitudes that Traditional and Complementary Systems of Medicine have towards intra-professional collaboration.

If you have any questions about any of the initiatives of the WNF Research Committee please contact Iva Lloyd, ND at president@worldnaturopathicfederation.org.

The naturopathic research committee currently consists of seven members from three different world regions.

Members of the Naturopathic Research Committee consist of:

  • Chair: Dr. Iva Lloyd, ND (Canada)
  • Dr. Paul Saunders, PhD, ND (Canada)
  • Dr. Jon Wardle, PhD, ND (Australia)
  • Dr. David Lescheid, PhD, ND (Germany)
  • Dr. Kieran Cooley, PhD, ND (Canada)
  • Dr. Amie Steel, PhD, naturopath (Australia)
  • Dr. Ryan Bradley, ND (USA)

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