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

Literature review

As acupuncture was developed before the advent of modem science and is based on a different culture and philosophy, and has only recently been investigated scientifically, it must be recognized that knowledge about acupuncture is to be found in anecdotal observations rather than in systematic laboratory and clinical studies that have been published in the scientific literature. Furthermore, it must also be recognized that while some publications on acupuncture may not meet the stringent requirements of international peer-reviewed journals, but they may still provide potentially useful observations and ideas for further study. Therefore, a thorough literature survey should be the starting point for the clinical evaluation of acupuncture.

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