LADIO Ana Haydee
Best practice in research: Consensus Statement on Ethnopharmacological Field Studies – ConSEFS
HEINRICH, MICHAEL; LARDOS, ANDREAS; LEONTI, MARCO; WECKERLE, CAROLINE; WILLCOX, MERLIN; APPLEQUIST, WENDY; LADIO, ANA; LIN LONG, CHUN; MUKHERJEE, PULOK; STAFFORD, GARY
JOURNAL OF ETHNOPHARMACOLOGY
ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD
Año: 2018 vol. 211 p. 329 - 339
Background Ethnopharmacological research aims at gathering information on local and traditional uses of plants and other natural substances. However, the approaches used and the methods employed vary, and while such a variability is desirable in terms of scientific diversity, research must adhere to well defined quality standards and reproducible methods Objectives With ConSEFS (the Consensus Statement on Ethnopharmacological Field Studies) we want to define best-practice in developing, conducting and reporting field studies focusing on local and traditional uses of medicinal and food plants, including studies using a historical approach. Methods After first developing an initial draft the core group invited community-wide feedback from researchers both through a web-based consultation and a series of workshops at conferences during 2017. Outcomes The consultation resulted in a large number of responses. Feedback was received via a weblink on the Journal of Ethnopharmacology´s website (ca. 100 responses), other oral and written responses (ca. 50) and discussions with stakeholders at four conferences. The main outcome is a checklist, covering best practice for designing, implementing and recording ethnopharmacological field studies and historical studies. Conclusions Prior to starting ethnopharmacological field research, it is essential that the authors are fully aware of the best practice in the field. For the first time in the field of ethnopharmacology a community-wide document defines guidelines for best practice on how to conduct and report such studies. It will need to be updated and further developed. While the feedback has been based on responses by many experienced researchers, there is a need to test it in practice by using it both in implementing and reporting field studies (or historical studies), and peer-review.