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Improving informed choice about acupuncture and placebo interventions

Improving informed choice about acupuncture and placebo interventions
Improving informed choice about acupuncture and placebo interventions
Introduction: Patients need to be able to make informed choices about potential participation in medical treatments and trials for back pain. Yet research has shown that some patients hold misconceptions about treatments, and are not always provided with comprehensive information. This study asks: can providing comprehensive and empirically informed (‘enhanced’) information online about acupuncture and placebos improve informed choice about these interventions, compared with receiving ‘standard’ online information?

Methods: First ‘enhanced’ online information pages about acupuncture and placebos were developed. 352 participants who had consulted with back pain in the last three years then took part in the study online to test these pages. Participants viewed either: (1) ‘enhanced’ acupuncture or ‘standard’ acupuncture content, and: (2) ‘enhanced’ placebo or ‘standard’ placebo content. Participants then completed self-rated measures of informed choice about these treatments.

Preliminary results: Data for this study has not yet been analysed. A factorial 2 (acupuncture X placebo) by 2 (‘enhanced’ X ‘standard’ website) design will test for differences in informed choice across conditions.

Conclusions: Research has shown that patients are not always given comprehensive information about medical treatments or trials. In developing ‘enhanced’ online information, we hope to improve informed choice about acupuncture and placebos, and, in doing so, highlight ways of enhancing information provision for patients making treatment decisions.
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Bishop, Felicity, Greville-Harris, Maddy, Lewith, George, Yardley, Lucy, Liossi, Christina, Graham, Cynthia, White, Peter, Din, Amy, O'Riordan, Tim, Bagg, Christine and Bostock, Jennifer (2015) Improving informed choice about acupuncture and placebo interventions. European Journal of Integrative Medicine, 7 (6), 682. (doi:10.1016/j.eujim.2015.07.012).

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Abstract

Introduction: Patients need to be able to make informed choices about potential participation in medical treatments and trials for back pain. Yet research has shown that some patients hold misconceptions about treatments, and are not always provided with comprehensive information. This study asks: can providing comprehensive and empirically informed (‘enhanced’) information online about acupuncture and placebos improve informed choice about these interventions, compared with receiving ‘standard’ online information?

Methods: First ‘enhanced’ online information pages about acupuncture and placebos were developed. 352 participants who had consulted with back pain in the last three years then took part in the study online to test these pages. Participants viewed either: (1) ‘enhanced’ acupuncture or ‘standard’ acupuncture content, and: (2) ‘enhanced’ placebo or ‘standard’ placebo content. Participants then completed self-rated measures of informed choice about these treatments.

Preliminary results: Data for this study has not yet been analysed. A factorial 2 (acupuncture X placebo) by 2 (‘enhanced’ X ‘standard’ website) design will test for differences in informed choice across conditions.

Conclusions: Research has shown that patients are not always given comprehensive information about medical treatments or trials. In developing ‘enhanced’ online information, we hope to improve informed choice about acupuncture and placebos, and, in doing so, highlight ways of enhancing information provision for patients making treatment decisions.

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Published date: December 2015
Organisations: Primary Care & Population Sciences, Psychology

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Local EPrints ID: 391291
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/391291
ISSN: 1876-3820
PURE UUID: 03d70f0a-2984-400f-9af0-79e5ca9b64e0
ORCID for Felicity Bishop: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8737-6662
ORCID for Maddy Greville-Harris: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8191-9614
ORCID for Lucy Yardley: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3853-883X
ORCID for Christina Liossi: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0627-6377
ORCID for Cynthia Graham: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7884-599X
ORCID for Tim O'Riordan: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4905-7430

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Last modified: 16 Jul 2020 00:32

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Author: Felicity Bishop ORCID iD
Author: Maddy Greville-Harris ORCID iD
Author: George Lewith
Author: Lucy Yardley ORCID iD
Author: Cynthia Graham ORCID iD
Author: Peter White
Author: Amy Din
Author: Tim O'Riordan ORCID iD
Author: Christine Bagg
Author: Jennifer Bostock

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