(1995; 68 pages)
|3. Goals and objectives of the guidelines|
|4. General considerations|
|5. Research methodology|
|6. Using the guidelines|
|Selected WHO publications of related interest|
Guidelines for Clinical Research on Acupuncture
WHO Regional Publications, Western Pacific Series No. 15
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
Regional Office for the Western Pacific
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