Acupuncture Research: Strategies for Establishing an by Hugh MacPherson PhD

By Hugh MacPherson PhD

This is often the 1st e-book to set out a whole variety of analysis concepts for comparing the medical perform of acupuncture. best acupuncturists and researchers with overseas reputations percentage their services. They illustrate their descriptions with functional examples of what has labored and what has now not. It outlines the various key demanding situations within the box. those demanding situations relate to the character of acupuncture and the distance among present learn facts and the particular reports of acupuncturists within the box. by means of focusing the chapters on key study questions, instead of tools, the publication has a easy believe. every one bankruptcy is definitely obtainable with short motives of analysis designs in addition to vignettes of suitable prior examine. The publication relies on a deep realizing of acupuncture, with its inherent complexity in perform, even if according to conventional rules or extra glossy thoughts. by way of incorporating a extra subtle realizing of the sphere, this booklet information more than a few recommendations aiming to increase the proof base with the maximum rigour. it's the first publication on acupuncture learn to take this exact view, integrating the superior of evidence-based drugs with a real sensitivity to the self-discipline of acupuncture, from its conventional and holistic roots to its extra sleek interpretations.

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Given these important philosophical and cultural differences between Western ways of approaching and understanding the body and the more historically based approaches from Asia we can expect to find important challenges confronting us when investigating acupuncture. Three examples highlight some of the important challenges researchers face investigating acupuncture. How helpful or relevant is it to use the placebo-controlled randomised clinical trial (placebo RCT) for assessing acupuncture’s clinical effects?

Stanley Thomas, Cheltenham, p 45–63 Birch S, Felt R 1999 Understanding acupuncture. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh Birch S, Keppel Hesselink J, Jonkman F A M et al 2004 Clinical research on acupuncture 1: what have reviews of the efficacy and safety of acupuncture told us so far? Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 10(3):468–480 Bovey M 2005 Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness. British Acupuncture Council News November:16–17 Bowsher D 1998 Mechanisms of acupuncture. In: Filshie J, White A (eds) Medical acupuncture.

A short history of systematic reviews of acupuncture is provided, highlighting how differing interpretations can lead to different conclusions. This research endeavour presents us with several challenges, such as the variability of study designs used in acupuncture trials, as well as the variability in the styles of acupuncture that have been under scrutiny. Given the diversity of current acupuncture practice, assessing the adequacy of the treatment provided in clinical trials is a major issue.

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