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
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View the documentBibliography
View the documentSelected WHO publications of related interest
View the documentBack cover


• The investigators are responsible for the trial and for the rights, health and welfare of the subjects in the trial.

• All investigators and health providers involved in the study should have appropriate expertise, qualifications and competence to undertake a proposed study. It is recommended that a team be organized which includes acupuncture practitioners and professional health workers, as knowledge of both acupuncture and the special field for which the effectiveness of acupuncture will be evaluated will be needed for preparing and conducting a reliable clinical study.

• The investigative group must be aware of the following responsibilities:

1. appropriate and ongoing care of patients in the study;

2. ethical requirements for the study (for instance the need to terminate protocol treatment if the patient appears to be harmed by the continuation of the study);

3. knowledge of acupuncture; and

4. an appreciation of research methodology.

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