A novel clinical-trial design for the study of massage therapy.

@article{Patterson2008ANC,
  title={A novel clinical-trial design for the study of massage therapy.},
  author={Michael Patterson and Stephanie A Maurer and Shelley R. Adler and Andrew L. Avins},
  journal={Complementary therapies in medicine},
  year={2008},
  volume={16 3},
  pages={169-76}
}
OBJECTIVES To develop and test the feasibility and acceptability of a structured design for a massage therapy clinical trial that included a treatment arm designed to control for the non-specific effects of a massage therapy intervention. DESIGN Pilot randomized controlled clinical trial. SETTING University-integrated medicine research clinic. INTERVENTIONS Participants were randomized to a structured Swedish-style massage therapy intervention, a light-touch bodywork control intervention… CONTINUE READING

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