Acupuncture for migraine and headache in primary care: A protocol for a pragmatic, randomized trial
Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
Following a 4-week baseline, patients will be allocated to acupuncture or control by minimized randomization. Up to 12 acupuncture treatments will be provided by advanced members of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. The type of acupuncture given will be recorded. STUDY MEASURES: Outcome will be assessed by headache diary, medication diary and SF36 at 3 months and 1 year. Resource use and days off sick will be assessed by quarterly questionnaire. Adverse events will be monitored by self-report. The primary outcome measure will be the change in mean daily headache score between baseline and the 1 year follow-up. An economic evaluation will also be undertaken.