Reviews of acupuncture for chronic neck pain: pitfalls in conducting systematic reviews


White, P., Lewith, G., Berman, B. and Birch, S. (2002) Reviews of acupuncture for chronic neck pain: pitfalls in conducting systematic reviews. Rheumatology, 41, (11), 1224 - 1231. (doi:10.1093/rheumatology/41.11.1224).

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This paper examines some of the problems specifically associated with conducting research into acupuncture and how this can lead to further problems with subsequent systematic reviews. Studies for the treatment of chronic neck pain have been used as examples of how presented information can be misleading to an acupuncture-naive reader and how researchers must be sensitive to these problems when compiling their inclusion and exclusion criteria. The problems associated with scoring trials are discussed and further work to increase the scope of scoring mechanisms is recommended in order to produce meaningful systematic reviews in the future.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1462-0324 (print)
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Keywords: acupuncture, neck pain, systematic review
Subjects: R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Superseded (SOHPRS)
ePrint ID: 18104
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2005
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:07
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/18104

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