Practice Guidelines as Topic

Publication Title: 
Osteoarthritis and cartilage / OARS, Osteoarthritis Research Society

OBJECTIVE: To update evidence for available therapies in the treatment of hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA) and to examine whether research evidence has changed from 31 January 2006 to 31 January 2009. METHODS: A systematic literature search was undertaken using MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, AMED, Science Citation Index and the Cochrane Library. The quality of studies was assessed. Effect sizes (ESs) and numbers needed to treat were calculated for efficacy. Relative risks, hazard ratios (HRs) or odds ratios were estimated for side effects. Publication bias and heterogeneity were examined.

Author(s): 
Zhang, W.
Nuki, G.
Moskowitz, R. W.
Abramson, S.
Altman, R. D.
Arden, N. K.
Bierma-Zeinstra, S.
Brandt, K. D.
Croft, P.
Doherty, M.
Dougados, M.
Hochberg, M.
Hunter, D. J.
Kwoh, K.
Lohmander, L. S.
Tugwell, P.
Publication Title: 
Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society

The STandards for Reporting Interventions in Clinical Trials of Acupuncture (STRICTA) were published in five journals in 2001 and 2002. These guidelines, in the form of a checklist and explanations for use by authors and journal editors, were designed to improve reporting of acupuncture trials, particularly the interventions, thereby facilitating their interpretation and replication. Subsequent reviews of the application and impact of STRICTA have highlighted the value of STRICTA as well as scope for improvements and revision.

Author(s): 
MacPherson, Hugh
Altman, Douglas G.
Hammerschlag, Richard
Li, Youping
Wu, Taixiang
White, Adrian
Moher, David
STRICTA Revision Group
Publication Title: 
Pain Research & Management: The Journal of the Canadian Pain Society = Journal De La Société Canadienne Pour Le Traitement De La Douleur

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.

Author(s): 
Scott, N. Ann
Moga, Carmen
Harstall, Christa
Publication Title: 
European Spine Journal: Official Publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society

Healthcare costs for low back pain (LBP) are increasing rapidly. Hence, it is important to provide treatments that are effective and cost-effective. The purpose of this systematic review was to investigate the cost-effectiveness of guideline-endorsed treatments for LBP. We searched nine clinical and economic electronic databases and the reference list of relevant systematic reviews and included studies for eligible studies.

Author(s): 
Lin, Chung-Wei Christine
Haas, Marion
Maher, Chris G.
Machado, Luciana A. C.
van Tulder, Maurits W.
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) are increasingly utilised for resolving difficulties conceiving. These technologies are expensive to both the public purse and the individual consumers. Acupuncture is widely used as an adjunct to ART with indications that it may assist reducing the time to conception and increasing live birth rates. Heterogeneity is high between treatment protocols.

Author(s): 
Smith, Caroline A.
Grant, Suzanne
Lyttleton, Jane
Cochrane, Suzanne
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: There is a need for more Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) to strengthen the evidence base for clinical and policy decision-making. Effectiveness Guidance Documents (EGD) are targeted to clinical researchers. The aim of this EGD is to provide specific recommendations for the design of prospective acupuncture studies to support optimal use of resources for generating evidence that will inform stakeholder decision-making.

Author(s): 
Witt, Claudia M.
Aickin, Mikel
Baca, Trini
Cherkin, Dan
Haan, Mary N.
Hammerschlag, Richard
Hao, Jason Jishun
Kaplan, George A.
Lao, Lixing
McKay, Terri
Pierce, Beverly
Riley, David
Ritenbaugh, Cheryl
Thorpe, Kevin
Tunis, Sean
Weissberg, Jed
Berman, Brian M.
Effectiveness Guidance Documents Collaborators
Publication Title: 
Hypertension

Many antihypertensive medications and lifestyle changes are proven to reduce blood pressure. Over the past few decades, numerous additional modalities have been evaluated in regard to their potential blood pressure-lowering abilities. However, these nondietary, nondrug treatments, collectively called alternative approaches, have generally undergone fewer and less rigorous trials.

Author(s): 
Brook, Robert D.
Appel, Lawrence J.
Rubenfire, Melvyn
Ogedegbe, Gbenga
Bisognano, John D.
Elliott, William J.
Fuchs, Flavio D.
Hughes, Joel W.
Lackland, Daniel T.
Staffileno, Beth A.
Townsend, Raymond R.
Rajagopalan, Sanjay
American Heart Association Professional Education Committee of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research, Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, and Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity
Publication Title: 
Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine = Chung I Tsa Chih Ying Wen Pan / Sponsored by All-China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine

OBJECTIVE: To supply literature for developing an international standard of auricular acupuncture points. METHODS: Electronic database searches were conducted in the Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure and VIP, and the Western databases, Pubmed, the National Science and Technology Library, and the German Journal of Acupuncture, from 1990 to April, 2012. We also searched the documents of international symposiums for auricular acupuncture points (AAPs).

Author(s): 
Wang, Lei
Zhao, Baixiao
Zhou, Liqun

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