OBJECTIVE: To ascertain knowledge gaps in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic low back pain (LBP) in the primary care setting to prepare a scoping survey for identifying knowledge gaps in LBP management among Alberta's primary care practitioners, and to identify potential barriers to implementing a multidisciplinary LBP guideline.
BACKGROUND: Several systematic reviews of acupuncture as a treatment of insomnia have recently emerged. Their results are far from uniform. AIM: To summarize and critically evaluate these reviews with a view of defining the reasons for their discrepant conclusions and providing an overall verdict about the therapeutic value of acupuncture for insomnia.
This study aimed to assess the effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). We searched the literature using 15 databases. Eleven randomized clinical trials (RCTs) met our inclusion criteria. Most had significant methodological weaknesses. The studies' statistical and clinical heterogeneity prevented us from conducting a meta-analysis. Two RCTs found that acupuncture plus conventional language therapy was superior to sham acupuncture plus conventional therapy.
The International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine
BACKGROUND: Acupuncture is frequently employed to treat chronic pain syndromes or other chronic conditions. Nevertheless, there is a growing literature on adverse events (AEs) from treatments including pneumothorax, cardiac tamponade and spinal cord injury. Acupuncture is provided in almost all NHS pain clinics and by an increasing number of GP's and physiotherapists. Considering acupuncture's popularity, its safety has become an important public health issue. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the harm caused to patients through acupuncture treatments within NHS organisations.
BACKGROUND: This review aims to assess the efficacy of upper limb interventions on stroke survivors' health-related quality of life (QOL). METHOD: Published studies were identified following a systematic search of the literature from 10 electronic databases, 3 subject-relevant journals, a Web search via a popular search engine, and reference lists of the included articles. In total, 22 articles met the inclusion criteria and were subjected to data extraction to establish the effectiveness of the intervention on QOL scores.
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the application rules of the red-hot needle therapy to the treatment of neurological dysfunction related diseases in the ancient and modern clinical practice by data mining. METHODS: Modern literature data about the red-hot needle therapy in medical journals and partial medical books were collected to establish a "red-hot needling literature network database", followed by manually selecting its applicable illness spectrum of neurological dysfunction.
BACKGROUND: Acupuncture has been used for treating heart failure mainly in combination with conventional treatments, but evidence for its effectiveness and safety has not been well established. Our aim was to review randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on acupuncture for heart failure and assess the clinical evidence. METHODS: Electronic databases such as Medline, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) and certain Chinese & Korean databases were searched until October 2015.
BACKGROUND: The QUOROM and PRISMA statements were published in 1999 and 2009, respectively, to improve the consistency of reporting systematic reviews (SRs)/meta-analyses (MAs) of clinical trials. However, not all SRs/MAs adhere completely to these important standards. In particular, it is not clear how well SRs/MAs of acupuncture studies adhere to reporting standards and which reporting criteria are generally ignored in these analyses. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate reporting quality in SRs/MAs of acupuncture studies.
Zhongguo Zhen Jiu = Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
By searching the registry information of systematic review regarding acupuncture included before March 31, 2014 in PROSPERO systematic review registry platform, information in the project plan such as care gories of diseases, interventions, research team and the completion status was analyzed to make a comprehensive understanding on registry status of acupuncture systematic review in this platform. As a result, a total of 52 project plans was finally included.
BACKGROUND: Many animal experimental studies have been performed to investigate the efficacy of acupuncture in Parkinson's disease (PD). Sex differences are a major issue in all diseases including PD. However, to our knowledge, there have been no reviews investigating sex differences on the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment for animal PD models. The current study aimed to summarize and analyze past studies in order to evaluate these possible differences.