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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.

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Published date: 2002
Keywords: acupuncture, neck pain, systematic review


Local EPrints ID: 18104
ISSN: 1462-0324
PURE UUID: fe3ab1da-4048-40b3-8c12-91b6276aa710

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Date deposited: 27 Oct 2005
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:36

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Author: P. White
Author: G. Lewith
Author: B. Berman
Author: S. Birch

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