Poor multi-rater reliability in TCM pattern diagnoses and variation in the use of symptoms to obtain a diagnosis.

@article{Birkeflet2014PoorMR,
  title={Poor multi-rater reliability in TCM pattern diagnoses and variation in the use of symptoms to obtain a diagnosis.},
  author={Oddveig Birkeflet and Petter Laake and Nina K\opke V\ollestad},
  journal={Acupuncture in medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society},
  year={2014},
  volume={32 4},
  pages={325-32}
}
BACKGROUND Pattern differentiation and diagnosis are fundamental principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Studies have shown low inter-rater reliability in TCM pattern diagnoses. This variability may originate from both the identification and the interpretation of symptoms and signs. OBJECTIVE To examine the inter-rater reliability in TCM pattern diagnoses made in the style of Maciocia for 25 case histories by eight acupuncturists and to explore the impact of demographic factors on… CONTINUE READING
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