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The General Chiropractic Council has often cited the Meade Report(s) (and the 2004 UK BEAM Trial) in support of its claim that "the main treatments of chiropractic have been shown consistently in reviews to be more effective than the treatments to which they have been compared".  However, it is generally well recognised that the Meade study of chiropractic is seriously flawed in comparing two very different settings with greatly differing non-specific effects, i.e., private chiropractic clinics and health service hospital outpatients. [pdf]

For critical comment on the BEAM Trial, and others - including the 2009 NICE guidelines on low back pain - see further down this page.