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Guidelines for Clinical Research on Acupuncture
(1995; 68 pages)
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Sets out basic guiding principles for the design and conduct of clinical evaluations of acupuncture. Noting that knowledge about acupuncture remains largely confined to anecdotal experiences, the guidelines aim to encourage the use of systematic laboratory and clinical studies as a way of validating acupuncture, improving its acceptability to modern medicine, and thus extending its use as a simple, inexpensive, and effective therapeutic option. With this goal in mind, the book sets out guidelines that incorporate the established methods and procedures of scientific investigation, yet reflect the special nature of acupuncture as a discipline. The guidelines respond to both growing interest in the therapeutic applications of acupuncture and the need to validate these applications through the compilation of reliable and comparable clinical data.
The main section sets out detailed guidelines for conducting clinical studies. Topics covered include the use of standard terminology and technology to ensure the reproducibility of studies, recommended qualifications and responsibilities of the investigative group, general research design, and specific considerations for the design of randomized controlled clinical trials. Other study designs described include cohort studies, retrospective case-control studies, sequential trials, single subject experiments, and clinical audit. A list of 25 items to be included in research protocols is provided. Annexed to the guidelines is a summary of current scientific knowledge about modes of action that might account for the effectiveness of acupuncture in pain relief and other therapies.
Table des matières
Afficher le documentForeword
Ouvrir ce répertoire et afficher son contenu1. Introduction
Ouvrir ce répertoire et afficher son contenu2. Glossary
Ouvrir ce répertoire et afficher son contenu3. Goals and objectives of the guidelines
Ouvrir ce répertoire et afficher son contenu4. General considerations
Ouvrir ce répertoire et afficher son contenu5. Research methodology
Afficher le document6. Using the guidelines
Ouvrir ce répertoire et afficher son contenuAnnexes
Afficher le documentBibliography
Afficher le documentSelected WHO publications of related interest
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Guidelines for Clinical Research on Acupuncture

WHO Regional Publications, Western Pacific Series No. 15


WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
Regional Office for the Western Pacific
1995

The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations with primary responsibility for international health matters and public health. Through this organization, which was created in 1948, the health professions of some 180 countries exchange their knowledge and experience with the aim of making possible the attainment by all citizens of the world by the year 2000 of a level of health that will permit them to lead a socially and economically productive life.

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Reflecting the concerns and priorities of the Organization and its Member States, WHO publications provide authoritative information and guidance aimed at promoting and protecting health and preventing and controlling disease.

WHO Library Cataloguing in Publication Data

1. Acupuncture
2. Research
3. Guidelines
I. Series

ISBN 92 9061 114 6 (NLM Classification WB 369)

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