Acupuncture treatment for pain: systematic review of randomised clinical trials with acupuncture, placebo acupuncture, and no acupuncture groups

Clinical Governance: An International Journal

ISSN: 1477-7274

Article publication date: 7 August 2009

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(2009), "Acupuncture treatment for pain: systematic review of randomised clinical trials with acupuncture, placebo acupuncture, and no acupuncture groups", Clinical Governance: An International Journal, Vol. 14 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/cgij.2009.24814cae.006

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Acupuncture treatment for pain: systematic review of randomised clinical trials with acupuncture, placebo acupuncture, and no acupuncture groups

Acupuncture treatment for pain: systematic review of randomised clinical trials with acupuncture, placebo acupuncture, and no acupuncture groups

Article Type: Reviews of effectiveness From: Clinical Governance: An International Journal, Volume 14, Issue 3

M.V. Madsen, P.C. Gotzsche and A. Hrobjartsson,British Medical Journal,2009,Vol. 338 No. a3115

This review assessed acupuncture compared to placebo acupuncture and no acupuncture for pain. The authors concluded that there was a small analgesic effect of acupuncture which lacked clinical relevance and cannot clearly be distinguished from bias. The conclusion was an accurate reflection of the results of a generally well-conducted review, and was likely to be reliable.