Acupuncture for chronic pain: Individual patient data meta-analysis

Andrew J. Vickers, Angel M. Cronin, Alexandra C. Maschino, George Lewith, Hugh MacPherson, Nadine E. Foster, Karen J. Sherman, Claudia M. Witt, Klaus Linde

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Background: Although acupuncture is widely used for chronic pain, there remains considerable controversy as to its value. We aimed to determine the effect size of acupuncture for 4 chronic pain conditions: back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, chronic headache, and shoulder pain. Methods: We conducted a systematic review to identify randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of acupuncture for chronic pain in which allocation concealment was determined unambiguously to be adequate. Individual patient data meta-analyses were conducted using data from 29 of 31 eligible RCTs, with a total of 17 922 patients analyzed. Results: In the primary analysis, including all eligible RCTs, acupuncture was superior to both sham and noacupuncture control for each pain condition (P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1444-1453
Number of pages10
JournalArchives of Internal Medicine
Volume172
Issue number19
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 22 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Acupuncture
Chronic Pain
Meta-Analysis
Randomized Controlled Trials
Shoulder Pain
Headache Disorders
Neck Pain
Back Pain
Osteoarthritis
Pain

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Vickers, A. J., Cronin, A. M., Maschino, A. C., Lewith, G., MacPherson, H., Foster, N. E., ... Linde, K. (2012). Acupuncture for chronic pain: Individual patient data meta-analysis. Archives of Internal Medicine, 172(19), 1444-1453. https://doi.org/10.1001/archinternmed.2012.3654

Acupuncture for chronic pain : Individual patient data meta-analysis. / Vickers, Andrew J.; Cronin, Angel M.; Maschino, Alexandra C.; Lewith, George; MacPherson, Hugh; Foster, Nadine E.; Sherman, Karen J.; Witt, Claudia M.; Linde, Klaus.

In: Archives of Internal Medicine, Vol. 172, No. 19, 22.10.2012, p. 1444-1453.

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Vickers, AJ, Cronin, AM, Maschino, AC, Lewith, G, MacPherson, H, Foster, NE, Sherman, KJ, Witt, CM & Linde, K 2012, 'Acupuncture for chronic pain: Individual patient data meta-analysis', Archives of Internal Medicine, vol. 172, no. 19, pp. 1444-1453. https://doi.org/10.1001/archinternmed.2012.3654
Vickers AJ, Cronin AM, Maschino AC, Lewith G, MacPherson H, Foster NE et al. Acupuncture for chronic pain: Individual patient data meta-analysis. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2012 Oct 22;172(19):1444-1453. https://doi.org/10.1001/archinternmed.2012.3654
Vickers, Andrew J. ; Cronin, Angel M. ; Maschino, Alexandra C. ; Lewith, George ; MacPherson, Hugh ; Foster, Nadine E. ; Sherman, Karen J. ; Witt, Claudia M. ; Linde, Klaus. / Acupuncture for chronic pain : Individual patient data meta-analysis. In: Archives of Internal Medicine. 2012 ; Vol. 172, No. 19. pp. 1444-1453.
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