Characteristics of Acupuncture Treatment Associated with Outcome: An Individual Patient Meta-Analysis of 17,922 Patients with Chronic Pain in Randomised Controlled Trials Review uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Acupuncture Therapy
  • Chronic Pain

abstract

  • There was little evidence that different characteristics of acupuncture or acupuncturists modified the effect of treatment on pain outcomes. Increased number of needles and more sessions appear to be associated with better outcomes when comparing acupuncture to non-acupuncture controls, suggesting that dose is important. Potential confounders include differences in control group and sample size between trials. Trials to evaluate potentially small differences in outcome associated with different acupuncture characteristics are likely to require large sample sizes.

publication date

  • October 11, 2013

Research

keywords

  • Review

Identity

Language

  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC3795671

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1371/journal.pone.0077438

PubMed ID

  • 24146995

Additional Document Info

start page

  • e77438

volume

  • 8

number

  • 10