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Table 1 Overview of the participant inclusion & exclusion criteria

From: The development of a survey instrument to measure the barriers to the conduct and application of research in complementary and alternative medicine: a Delphi study

Inclusion criteria Exclusion criteria
Researchers Practitioners Researchers/Practitioners
 • Researchers who have a particularistic focus in CAM research
 • Researchers who preferably have a PhD or a minimum of a post graduate qualification
 • Researchers who have published in the area of expertise
 • Researchers who have an appointment or affiliation with a governing organisation
• Practitioners from disciplines such as naturopathy, homeopathy, herbalism, chiropractic, massage therapy or acupuncture/TCM and osteopathy
• Practitioners working in CAM for at least 10 years
• Practitioners with a minimum of a post graduate qualification
• Practitioners who have an appointment or affiliation with a governing organization
• Medical/health researchers who research CAM as an ancillary
• Practitioners of reiki, meditation, aromatherapy or hypnosis