Department of Research & Medical Informatics

Extra Mural Research:


1. Homoeopathic Management of Diabetes type 2:

Principal Investigator: Dr N L Tiwari
Research Team: Dr Prashant Tamboli, Dr S K Phansalkar, Dr C B Jain
The study was undertaken to explore if there was a definite role of homoeopathic medicines in the management of Diabetes Type 2 and, if so, to determine the role of Constitutional and Organ remedies in its management.
90 patients were studied by Randomized Single Blind Clinical Trial by dividing them into three groups – Constitutional, Organ and Placebo. In the later part of the study the Cross over design was adopted between the Constitutional group and the Placebo group. Results showed that at the end of the first 6 months of the trial, 67% patients improved from the constitutional group while the comparable figures from the Organ group and the Placebo group was 37% and 7% respectively. At the end of the trial 70% from the constitutional group improved as compared to 10% from the Organ remedy group and 7% from the placebo group.

 

2. Homoeopathic management of Scabies in Closed Community

Principal Investigator: Dr C R Goda
Research Team: Dr Prashant Tamboli, Dr Swarda Narkhede, Dr. Shrmila Patil, Dr Kalyani Mhatre
Project Period: November 2004 – November 2007
It was a prospective, randomized controlled, single blind study. Its main objective was to explore the efficacy of Homoeopathic treatment in Scabies infection in Adivasi children attending AshramShalas(resident schools) in Palghar and Vikramgarh taluka, District Thane, Maharashtra. 300 cases were enrolled and divided into 3 treatment groups i.e. Constitutional group, Acute / Sector group and Placebo group. Scabies infection was diagnosed & graded. The children were observed for 2 years. All treatment groups were subjected to standard hygienic measures during the study. Results were analyzed at the end of each year. The prevalence of scabies in the school dropped from 52% to 17% while that in other residential schools in the same area showed no reduction. There was statistically significant improvement in Constitutional group as compared to other 2 groups.

 

3. Acute Diarrhoeal Disorders & its Homeopathic management-

Principal Investigator: Dr M. K. Patel
Team: Dr Prashant Tamboli, Dr Navin Pawaskar, Dr. Manasi Rao
Project Period: November 2004 – November 2007

Recurrence of diarrhoea in children is a major concern as it affects the growth of the child. Hence this study was undertaken to verify the efficacy of Homoeopathic medicines in the treatment of acute diarrhoea and exploring the role of Constitutional medicine in preventing its recurrence. A sample size of 300 children was selected from 10 Anganwadi (day care centre) from the tribal population having known high prevalence of diarrhoea. Randomized case control, single blind method was used to prove the efficacy of the acute medicines. For this purpose, the sample was divided into three groups viz. Acute remedy group, Acute remedy followed by Constitutional remedy and 3rdly, Placebo group as a control. Results of the study clearly demonstrated that, there is statistical significant role of homoeopathic medicines in altering the course of acute diarrhoea and decreasing the intensity and frequency of further episodes. This treatment strategy also showed a definite positive response in the general well being of the child in terms of weight gain and general activity.
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4. Learning Disability & Homoeopathic Management:

Principal Investigator: Dr K M Dhawale
Research Team: Dr Madhavi Tamboli, Shweta Marathe, Mariyam Katawala,
It is a known fact that, in spite of having adequate educational inputs many children performs poorly in academics. Learning disability is one of the major difficulties identified in recent years. These children face difficulties in one or several areas of reading, writing, spelling or arithmetic. A prospective Placebo control study was undertaken to understand the role of homoeopathy in the management of Learning disabilities. A standard screening & evaluation procedure was evolved for the vernacular medium. Total 2545 students were evaluated and 92 cases were diagnosed. Assessment of the progress was also done on specially developed form. The results of homoeopathic treatment showed statically significant changes in reading, written expression & comprehension.

Summary of Few projects:


1. Homoeopathic remedy vis-à-vis Ferrum Phos 6x in Anaemia during Ante natal period

Principal Investigator: Dr Prashant Tamboli
Senior Research Fellow: Dr Devangini Broker

Primary Objectives were to study the changes in Hb level & in subjective and objective parameters, in anaemia during pregnancy in tribal area, by giving indicated remedy and Ferrum Phos 6x. The symptom syndrome coming up as per trimester was also studied. Study also documented the effect homoeopathic medicines on the recurrence of the infections during ante natal period. A sample size of 180 was divided in 3 groups of 60 each. Very interestingly the methodology was planned such that mild & moderate anaemia patients can be studied by a combination of indicated Homoeopathic medicines, FP 6x and placebo. The changes in Hb. level were statistically analyzed & it showed statistical difference in treatment & placebo group. Read full report to see the treatment groups, indications of medicines & common illnesses coming up in ANC period.

 

2. Understanding the impact of Homoeopathic awareness Campaign in rural & Tribal Community

Principal Investigator: Dr Prashant Tamboli
Research Team: Dr. C R Goda, Naresh Dhanwa, Dr. Mohammad Sayyad, Dr Devangini Broker

Dr M L Dhawale Trust (MLDT) has been providing homoeopathic health care services in rural & tribal areas of Vikramgarh taluka for more than 15 years. After years of experience of working in these areas it was understood that for getting sustained patient’s compliance, the community need to be oriented about homoeopathy as a Science. Community was oriented by help of Community Health Volunteers and by giving continuous homoeopathic mobile services. They were oriented with help of posters & by conducting regular meetings.
A Pre & Post survey was done of 17 villages involving 235 samples. The awareness of homoeopathy was assessed through a structured questionnaire. The statistical analysis was done to verify the change in community’s perspective towards homoeopathy. The difference was statistically significant. The role of Community health Volunteer was very important in spreading awareness. This report helps us in understanding homoeopathy as a system of medicine in the community where they have their own preconceived ideas regarding medicines. On reading the entire report you can get to know more about how the questionnaire was designed so as to achieve this awareness and also various orientation strategies used.

 

3. Homoeopathy in COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)-

Principal Investigator: Dr Bipin Jain
Senior Research Fellow: Dr Ankita Modak
There are a rising number of respiratory illnesses in both urban & rural population. It is due to various factors like changes in lifestyle, addictions and environmental changes. COPD is ranks 2nd in India for its incidence and prevalence, next to Pulmonary Tuberculosis. This project evaluates the efficacy of Homoeopathic treatment of COPD by correlating subjective evaluation with objective parameters. A case series study of 30 cases was carried out & patients were prescribed indicated Homoeopathic remedy either chronic or phasic along with Intercurrent remedy based on the characteristic symptoms & grade of COPD. Patients with allopathic treatment like inhalers were also included in the study and then gradually tapered. The main aim was to co-relate subjective findings with the objective parameters and investigations and hence regular peak flow meter test and Pulmonary function test was conducted. Results were analyzed at the end of 1.5 year for evolving management strategy for COPD. It is concluded that indicated Homoeopathic medicine helps in improving the functional capacity of the lungs, preventing acute exacerbations and secondary infections. & Quality of life of patients had also improved.

 

4. Homoeopathy & Labor Management

Principal Investigator: Dr Dinesh Rao
Junior Research Fellows: Dr Reshma Surve
The main objective was Exploring the Role of Homoeopathy in the Induction & Augmentation of Labour. After the initial step of understanding the process of normal labor & its deviation, the most important & challenging stage was the use of a Partograph. Standardization & Application of partograph in normal labor to all IPD cases of Dahisar & Malad was done. For this, it was very essential to standardize guidelines for plotting a partograph. And finally, to understand the action of homeopathic remedy used for augmentation & induction of labour. A standardized protocol for Case taking in labour was formulated. It was a 6 months prospective study & it can be concluded that Homoeopathic medicines act efficiently in management of Labor.

 

5. Homoeopathy in Malnutrition

Principal Investigator: Dr Chandrasekhar Goda
Research Team: Drs. Sujata Goda, Neena Ambekar, Anand Kapse, Prashant Tamboli100 tribal children having Moderate Malnutrition were enrolled for the study. It       was Placebo control trial. Children were encouraged to consume food supplied in Anganwadi thus ensured that the adequate quantity for nutrition are provided.
The results were statistically analyzed to verify the effect of homoeopathic medicines. It was found that the group in which homoeopathic treatment was given gain weight significantly faster (p<0.001) than the Placebo group. Most of the children gain weight started gaining weight within 4 weeks of starting the treatment. There was significant reduction in the rate of infection in the treatment group.

List of other projects:

 

1) Survey of Homoeopathic services provided by the Panchayat and Rural Development Department, Govt of west Bengal

a) In collaboration with National Institute of Homeopathy, Kolkata
b) Research Team: Drs. Anoop Nigwekar, Prashant Tamboli

2) Determining the role of Symphytum in Healing fracture

a) In collaboration with Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Pune
b) Research Team: Drs. Prashant Tamboli, Milind Modak, Shirish Phansalkar

3) To understand the efficacy of Homoeopathy in comparison of relaxation technique in GAD

a) Research Team: Drs. Kumar Dhawale, Amita Bhansali

4) To understand the efficacy of indicated Homeopathic medicines in arresting sub conjunctival haemorrhage in post fine needle cataract surgery

a) Research Team: Drs. Navin Pawaskar, Vivek Kadam

5) To validate the results of RA managed by Homoeopathy

a) Research Team: Drs. Anand Kapse, Swapnali Temburde

6) To evaluate the efficacy of Homoeopathic treatment in Vitiligo

a) Research Team: Anoop Nigwekar, Swarda Narkhede

7) Understanding the prevalence of Gynaecology disorder in married women

a) Research Team: Drs. Prashant Tamboli & PG students

8) Proving of coded drug : Rhus Aromatica

a) Research Team: Dr. Shirish Phansalkar, Dr. Prashant Tamboli & PG Students

9) Proving of coded drug : Pheseolus

a) Research Team: Dr. C. B. Jain, Prashant Tamboli & PG Students

10) Proving of coded drug: Calcarea flur

a) Research Team: Dr. Bipin Jain, Prashant Tamboli & PG Students

11) Understanding the efficacy of Homoeopathy in slow learner

a) Research Team: Drs. Kumar Dhawale, Latha Devraj

12) Evaluating different strategies utilized in the Homoeopathic management of Alcohol withdrawal syndrome

a) Research Team: Drs. Madhura Deodhar, Manoj Patel, Kumar Dhawlae, Prashant Tamboli, Devangini Broker

13) Correlating Perceived Stress & Coping Strategies using the perceived stress scale -10 & coping strategy inventory – 72 amongst Homoeopathic post graduates

a) Research Team: Drs. Shivanki Patel, Devangini Broker

14) Studying the action of Homoeopathic medicines in cases of Chronic Idiopathic Urticarea through serum IgE and Absolute Eosinophil count

a) Research Team: Drs. Kavita Jadhav, Devangini Broker, Prashant Tamboli

  • Research Projects:

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    1) Evaluating the ongoing mentoring programme in postgraduate homoeopathic college

    a) Researcher: Dr. Kumar Dhawale

    2) Using Objective structured Evaluation Feedback Format to enhance the application of PG homoeopathic students to the standardized case record

    a) Researcher: Dr. Prashant Tamboli

    3) Need based analysis to develop the curriculum for the subject of Research methodology and Bio – statistics for Homoeopathic Post graduate students

    a) Researcher: Dr. Devangini Broker

    4) Using Multimedia for Enhancing Observational skills during Homoeopathic case taking in Homoeopathic MD Part I students

    a)Researcher: Dr. Manoj Patel

    5) Utility of peer feedback system to enhance clinical skill at bedside

    a) Researcher: Dr. Bipin Jain

    6) Assessing ability to organise goal driven activities (academic, clinical, personal) of pg part – 1 homoeopathy students using time management modules – a student support initiative

    a) Researcher: Dr. Anoop Nigwekar

    7) Case Based Learning method to enable rational decision making in Posology in 1st year MD Homoeopathic students

    a) Researcher: Dr. Sunil Bhalinge

    8) Assessing the learning of a case based teaching programme in MD (Hom) Part I students using Extended Matching Questions (EMQ)

    a) Researcher: Dr. Shama Rao

     

Sr. No

Topic

Method

Time in hours

A

Foundation of Research

 

 

1

§  Meaning & Definition of Research

§  Purpose of conducting research

§  Utility of research in medical science and in homoeopathy

§  Logic in research 

§  Cross sectional / Longitudinal

Lecture

Discussion

4

2

§  Evidence based practice

CBL

3

3

§  Ethics in research

Lecture

Group Activity

4

B

Types of Research

 

 

4

·         Classification of Research

·         Pure and Applied Research

·         Exploring or Formulative Research

·         Descriptive Research

·         Epidemiological

·         Analytical /Relational / Causal

·         Diagnostic Research/Study

·         Basic / Fundamental research

·         Action Research

·         Experimental Research 

·         Historical Research

·         Quantitative research

·         Qualitative  research

Lecture

Discussion

4

5

Research Formulation

 

 

6

·         The Research planning Process

·         Selection of a research question / Problem for Research

·         Formulation of the selected research question / problem

Lecture

Group Activity

Assignment

 

6

7

·         Hypothesis Formation

·         Types and qualities of Hypothesis – Null and Alternative

·         Hypothesis testing

Lecture

Discussion Assignment

2

8

·         Biases in research

·         Variables – Definition & types Identifying variables in a  study

Lecture

Group Activity

3

9

·         Writing study protocol

Lecture

Demonstration

3

C

Research Designs

 

 

10

·         Research Design: Concept and Importance in Research

·         Selecting suitable Research design for homoeopathic research – advantage, limitation and utility and application

Lecture

Discussion

3

11

·         Descriptive research design – Survey

Lecture

Group Activity

3

12

·         Case Series Studies, Case Reports

Lecture

Demonstration

2

13

·         Observational research design – Cohort, Case Control design

Lecture

Group Activity Assignment

4

14

·         Experimental research design

Lecture

Group Activity Assignment

4

15

·         Qualitative Research

Lecture

Demonstration

3

D

Review of Literature

 

 

16

·         Need and purpose of Review of literature

·         Sources of Literature

Lecture

Discussion

2

17

·         Medical Search Engines

Lecture

Demonstration Assignment

 

4

18

·         Bibliography & References – methods

Lecture

Demonstration

1

19

·         Recent advances / studies in homoeopathic research

Lecture

Discussion Assignment

2

E

Epidemiology, Population and Sampling

 

 

20

·         Concept and definition of Population, Sampling frame, Sample  

·         Characteristics of good sample

·         Probability sampling methods (Simple random, Systemic random, Stratified random, Multiphase, Multistage, Cluster, Replicate)

Lecture

Discussion

Group Activity

4

21

·         Non probability sampling methods (Quota, Purposive, Accidental, Snow ball)

Lecture

Discussion

Group Activity

3

22

·         Sampling and non sampling errors

Lecture

Demonstration

2

23

·         Demography Statistics& Measures of population : Vital, Morbidity, Mortality, Hospital & life table

Lecture

Demonstration Assignment

3

F

Biostatistics: General concepts

 

 

24

·         Introduction to Biostatics: definition and scope

·         Measurements: Concept & level (Nominal, Ordinal, Interval, Ratio)

Lecture

Discussion

2

25

·         Variability – meaning, types

·         Validity and Reliability

·         Specificity and Sensitivity

Lecture

Discussion

3

26

·         Clinical significance

Lecture

Discussion

2

G

Data & its collection

 

 

27

·         Meaning and importance of Data

·         Sources of data

·         Type of data – primary and secondary / Qualitative and Quantitative data

Lecture

Demonstration Assignment

3

28

·         Construction of Questioner 

Lecture

Discussion

Group Activity

4

H

Data Analysis

 

 

29

·         Data Preparation – Univariate and Bivariate analysis (Frequency table & cross tabulation)

·         Planning for Statistical Analysis

Lecture

Demonstration Assignment

2

30

·         Measures of Central Tendency (Mean, Median, Mode)& Location (Percentile) 

·         Measures of Dispersion (range, Quartile, Semi quartile, interquartile, range, Mean Deviation, Standard Deviation, Coefficient of Variation)

Lecture

Discussion

4

31

·         Normal distribution & estimations

·         Confidence Interval

·         Level of Significance

·         Tail of Tests

·         Type I & Type II errors

Lecture

Discussion

2

32

·         Poisson and Binomial distribution

·         Probability

·         Analysis of variance coefficient of variance

Lecture

Demonstration

2

33

·         Parametric test (SEM, Z test, t test – Pair, unpaired, F test, ANOVA, SEP)

Lecture

Demonstration Assignment

6

34

·         Non Parametric Test (Chi-square test, The Mann-Whitney U test, Wilcoxon matched pair test)

Lecture

Demonstration Assignment

6

35

·         Method based on Rank order (Spearman’s rank correlation, Kendall’s rank correlated coefficients)

Lecture

Demonstration Assignment

4

36

·         Correlation analysis

·         Regression analysis

Lecture

Demonstration Assignment

4

37

·         Odds ratio, Risk ratio, Likelihood ratio

Lecture

Demonstration Assignment

3

I

Softwares

 

 

38

·         Statistical analysis software  like – MS office – Excel, SPSS, Epi – info, online softwares

Lecture

Demonstration

Group Activity

6

39

·         Management Software like Zotero/Mendeley

Lecture

Demonstration Group Activity

4

J

Report writing and dissertation writing

 

 

 

40

·         Principles of scientific writing

·         Plagiarism

Lecture

Discussion

3

41

·         Data presentation (Tabular: Frequency distribution  & Graphical: Histogram, Frequency polygon, frequency curve, line diagram, Scatter plot diagram, Types of Bar graph, types of Pie graph, Pictogram, Map diagram, Box plot graph)

Lecture

Demonstration Assignment

4

K

Revision

 

10

 

Total

 

150

 

Institute has established method of recording information through Hospital Information Management System.

Relevant information is captured in a real time and saved in the central server

 

Number of Patient’s information online available

Hospital

Number of Patient in HIMS

Rural Homoeopathic Hospital, Palghar

1,14,189

BMC’s Mother & Child Care Centre, Dahisar

12,560

Dr M L Dhawale Medico-Surgical Hospital, Malad

10,582

Bachhubahi Dube Hospital, Bhopoli

9,789

Smt. Malini Kishor Sanghavi Sumeru, Vadodara

34,987

 

 

Consultancy:

Department offers consultancy in the following areas.

  • Training in Research Methodology & Biostatistics
  • Protocol Designing
  • Project management
  • Statistical Data analysis

 

 

Junior Research Fellowship Programme

MLDMHI is conducting in house research programme for training in Research Methodology – “Junior Research Fellowship Programme”

            Interested PG students and other researcher can enrol in this training programme. In this programme the emphasis is on participants gain requisite knowledge, learned various skills necessary for implementing the project and develop the research attitude. There is special module of 6 months. Participants learn and understand the intricacies of research by undertaking a small research study. Till now 32 participants have completed the training programme.

 

  • Research Methodology Workshop:

Five faculties from MLDMHI are resource faculty approved by MUHS. They are

  • Kumar Dhawale
  • Prashant Tamboli
  • Devangini Broker
  • Anoop Nigwekar
  • Bipin Jain

MLDMHI is regularly organizing Research methodology workshop.

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