Research: Experience in Conducting Acupuncture Research

Author

PROF DR BYUNG-CHEUL SHIN, PhD
Assistant Professor
Division of Clinical Medicine
School of Oriental Medicine,
Pusan National University, South Korea
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Language

English

Title

Research: Experience in Conducting Acupuncture Research

Proceeding

7th INTRACOM – 2nd ICBWI 2009

Date

25th July 2009

Place Held

PWTC, Kuala Lumpur

Abstract

Background: Conducting Clinical trials in traditional and complementary medicine need many experience and skill especially in well-designed Randomized controlled clinical trials (RCTs). For RCT acupuncture, It will require many essential factors to be considered because of  acupuncture characteristics will be difficult to have practitioner blinded.


Objective: To give information on the experience in conducting acupuncture research and to suggest direction of research methodology by analyzing data of  the RCTs  acupuncture originated from South Korea.


Methods: Relevant Korean databases and PubMed publications were searched and RCTs of acupuncture from those data were analyzed. In addition, report on research design review meeting with 5 experts, from Jan to Dec, 2008, were analyzed and summarized.


Results: Up to Feb 2009, a total of 63 RCTs were searched and analyzed. The number of RCTs of acupuncture in South Korea largely increased from 2004, however, many of these rigorous RCTs conducted showed no beneficial effects of acupuncture on many different conditions. From the conclusion of expert design review meeting, the negative result from recent RCTs of acupuncture,  probably were due to poor research design such as inappropriate randomization, small sample size and unsuitable control used.


Conclusions: Based on the above , research in acupuncture will require improvement and establishment of proper research design and control subjects,  optimum acupuncture treatment session and enough treatment period.

Keywords

Acupunture Research

Session

Symposium 4A-5

Topic

Quality and Safety of TCM  Products