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A meta-analysis of acupuncture for chronic pain


Patel, Mahesh; Gutzwiller, Felix; Paccaud, Fred; Marazzi, Alfio (1989). A meta-analysis of acupuncture for chronic pain. International Journal of Epidemiology, 18(4):900-906.

Abstract

Results of 14 randomized controlled trials of acupuncture for chronic pain were pooled in a meta-analysis and analysed in three subgroups according to site of pain; and in two subgroups each according to type to trial, type of treatment, type of control, 'blindness' of participating agents, trial size, and type of journal in which results were published. While few individual trials had statistically significant results, pooled results of many subgroups attained statistical significance in favour of acupuncture. Various potential sources of bias, including problems with blindness, precluded a conclusive finding although most results apparently favoured acupuncture.

Abstract

Results of 14 randomized controlled trials of acupuncture for chronic pain were pooled in a meta-analysis and analysed in three subgroups according to site of pain; and in two subgroups each according to type to trial, type of treatment, type of control, 'blindness' of participating agents, trial size, and type of journal in which results were published. While few individual trials had statistically significant results, pooled results of many subgroups attained statistical significance in favour of acupuncture. Various potential sources of bias, including problems with blindness, precluded a conclusive finding although most results apparently favoured acupuncture.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI)
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:1989
Deposited On:27 Nov 2013 15:58
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 00:08
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0300-5771
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/18.4.900
PubMed ID:2695475

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