Acupuncture for chronic pain: individual patient data meta-analysis.

@article{Vickers2012AcupunctureFC,
  title={Acupuncture for chronic pain: individual patient data meta-analysis.},
  author={Andrew J. Vickers and Angel M. Cronin and Alexandra C. Maschino and George Lewith and Hugh Macpherson and Nadine Elizabeth Foster and Karen J. Sherman and Claudia M. Witt and Klaus Linde},
  journal={Archives of internal medicine},
  year={2012},
  volume={172 19},
  pages={1444-53}
}
BACKGROUND Although acupuncture is widely used for chronic pain, there remains considerable controversy as to its value. We aimed to determine the effect size of acupuncture for 4 chronic pain conditions: back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, chronic headache, and shoulder pain. METHODS We conducted a systematic review to identify randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of acupuncture for chronic pain in which allocation concealment was determined unambiguously to be adequate. Individual patient… CONTINUE READING
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