Guidelines for Clinical Research on Acupuncture
(1995; 68 pages)
Table of Contents
View the documentForeword
Open this folder and view contents1. Introduction
Open this folder and view contents2. Glossary
Open this folder and view contents3. Goals and objectives of the guidelines
Open this folder and view contents4. General considerations
Close this folder5. Research methodology
View the documentLiterature review
View the documentTerminology and technology
View the documentInvestigators
View the documentClinical research design and rational use of acupuncture
View the documentRandomized controlled clinical trial design
View the documentProtocol development
View the documentResearch knowledge
View the documentCase report forms
View the documentData management
View the documentEthics review board
View the documentStatistical analysis
View the documentMonitoring of studies
View the documentReporting
View the documentImplementation
View the documentConclusions
View the document6. Using the guidelines
Open this folder and view contentsAnnexes
View the documentBibliography
View the documentSelected WHO publications of related interest
View the documentBack cover


The chief investigator will be responsible for preparing a final report of the trial which should be provided to the sponsor, the ethics review board, and any other authorities determined by local legislation. The final report is a comprehensive description of the study after its completion including a presentation and evaluation of the results, statistical analyses and a critical ethical, statistical and clinical appraisal. The results of the clinical research conducted on acupuncture should be published in a timely fashion and must include all adverse events. Even studies which fail to demonstrate effectiveness should be published, as selective publication, showing only results that are favourable, will only lead to a form of misconception known as publication bias.

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