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This booklet investigates the clinical foundation and efficacy of acupuncture and the standard of educating and criteria of competence in its practitioners. sufferers are more and more asking approximately CAM choices to orthodox clinical practices as they worry the side-effects of ever stronger conventional drug treatment. The booklet discusses the $64000 questions of safety and the schooling and coaching of acupuncture experts. furthermore the ebook investigates GP's attitudes to acupunture and the level to which they give the therapy to their sufferers.
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Additional resources for Acupuncture: Efficacy, Safety and Practice
Acupuncture: a scientific appraisal. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann Reprinted by permission of Butterworth-Heinemann THE EVIDENCE BASE OF ACUPUNCTURE 29 Table 3: Controlled trials of acupuncture for neck pain Acup=acupuncture; EA=electroacupuncture; OA=osteoarthritis; ROM=range of movement; stats=statistics; VAS=visual analogue scale. 30 ACUPUNCTURE: EFFICACY, SAFETY AND PRACTICE Source: Ernst E (1999). Clinical effectiveness of acupuncture: an overview of systematic reviews. ) Acupuncture: a scientific appraisal.
Randomised controlled trials with rigorous methodological controls are essential if medical practitioners are to make decisions for referral to acupuncturists based on a scientific basis. However, it may also be the case that ‘ complementary research’ is required in order to answer some of the questions above and provide a full picture of the effectiveness and efficacy of acupuncture in clinical practice—for example, case studies, health status measurement (Jenkinson and McGee, 1998), cost-effectiveness analysis and observational studies (Black, 1996).
Clinical effectiveness of acupuncture: an overview of systematic reviews. ) Acupuncture: a scientific appraisal. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann Reprinted by permission of Butterworth-Heinemann THE EVIDENCE BASE OF ACUPUNCTURE 35 Table 8: Controlled trials of acupuncture for dental pain CCT=controlled clinical trial; RCT=randomised clinical trial. 36 ACUPUNCTURE: EFFICACY, SAFETY AND PRACTICE Source: Ernst E (1999). Clinical effectiveness of acupuncture: an overview of systematic reviews. ) Acupuncture: a scientific appraisal.