Hugh MacPherson

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The STandards for Reporting Interventions in Clinical Trials of Acupuncture (STRICTA) were published in five journals in 2001 and 2002. These guidelines, in the form of a checklist and explanations for use by authors and journal editors, were designed to improve reporting of acupuncture trials, particularly the interventions, thereby facilitating their(More)
Acupuncture treatment and control group interventions in parallel-group randomised trials of acupuncture are not always precisely reported. In an attempt to improve standards, an international group of experienced acupuncturists and researchers devised a set of recommendations, designating them STRICTA: STandards for Reporting Interventions in Controlled(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether a short course of traditional acupuncture improves longer term outcomes for patients with persistent non-specific low back pain in primary care. DESIGN Pragmatic, open, randomised controlled trial. SETTING Three private acupuncture clinics and 18 general practices in York, England. PARTICIPANTS 241 adults aged 18-65 with(More)
The paper describes the type and frequency of adverse events and transicnt reactions following consultations with professional acupuncturists. In a postal survey, involving 1,848 professional acupuncturists, all of whom were members of the British Acupuncture Council and practising in the UK, details of adverse events and transient reactions following(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the cost effectiveness of acupuncture in the management of persistent non-specific low back pain. DESIGN Cost effectiveness analysis of a randomised controlled trial. SETTING Three private acupuncture clinics and 18 general practices in York, England. PARTICIPANTS 241 adults aged 18-65 with non-specific low back pain of 4-52(More)
BACKGROUND Many English language words have been used to describe the acupuncture needle sensation known as de qi, words such as dull, aching, and spreading. However, there is little agreement on which actual words are acceptable as descriptors. In experimental trials of acupuncture in which the needle sensation is an important variable, a quantitative(More)
OBJECTIVES To test whether patients with persistent non-specific low back pain, when offered access to traditional acupuncture care alongside conventional primary care, gained more long-term relief from pain than those offered conventional care only, for equal or less cost. Safety and acceptability of acupuncture care to patients, and the heterogeneity of(More)
BACKGROUND We investigated whether there had been an improvement in quality of reporting for randomised controlled trials of acupuncture since the publication of the STRICTA and CONSORT statements. We conducted a before-and-after study, comparing ratings for quality of reporting following the publication of both STRICTA and CONSORT recommendations. (More)
BACKGROUND To explore the strengths and weaknesses of conventional biomedical research strategies and methods as applied to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and to suggest a new research framework for assessing these treatment modalities. DISCUSSION There appears to be a gap between published studies showing little or no efficacy of CAM, and(More)
OBJECTIVE The primary aim was to describe the characteristics of acupuncture patients and in particular the main problem or symptom for which they were seeking treatment. Our secondary aim was to compare the profiles of acupuncture patients with those of a patient survey undertaken in 1988. METHODS We used the data from a recent prospective adverse event(More)