1 Department of Health Science and Technology, The Faculty of Medicine, Aalborg University, VBN2 Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction, The Faculty of Medicine, Aalborg University, VBN3 The Faculty of Medicine, Aalborg University, VBN4 Department of Mathematical Sciences, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University, VBN5 The Faculty of Engineering and Science (TECH), Aalborg University, VBN6 Centre for Health Communication, The Faculty of Humanities, Aalborg University, VBN7 Medical Informatics Group, The Faculty of Medicine, Aalborg University, VBN8 CTIF - Section, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Aalborg University, VBN9 CTIF Global, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Aalborg University, VBN10 Department of Electronic Systems, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Aalborg University, VBN11 Forskningscenter for etik i praksis, The Faculty of Humanities, Aalborg University, VBN12 Center for TeleInFrastructure, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Aalborg University, VBN
Recently, a need to develop supportive new scientific evidence for contemporary Ayurveda has emerged. One of the research objectives is an assessment of the reliability of diagnoses and treatment. Reliability is a quantitative measure of consistency. It is a crucial issue in classification (such as prakriti classification), method development (pulse diagnosis), quality assurance for diagnosis and treatment and in the conduct of clinical studies. Several reliability studies are conducted in western medicine. The investigation of the reliability of traditional Chinese, Japanese and Sasang medicine diagnoses is in the formative stage. However, reliability studies in Ayurveda are in the preliminary stage. In this paper, examples are provided to illustrate relevant concepts of reliability studies of diagnostic methods and their implication in practice, education, and training. An introduction to reliability estimates and different study designs and statistical analysis is given for future studies in Ayurveda.
Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, 2013, Vol 4, Issue 2, p. 67-76