AcuTrials

Acupuncture in the prophylaxis of recurrent lower urinary tract infection in adult women

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Title

Acupuncture in the prophylaxis of recurrent lower urinary tract infection in adult women

Date

1998

volume

16(1)

pages

37-39

Research Type

RCT

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of acupuncture in the prevention of recurrent lower urinary tract infection (UTI) in adult women. DESIGN: A controlled clinical trial with three arms: an acupuncture group, a sham-acupuncture group, and an untreated control group. Patients were followed for 6 months. SETTING: An acupuncture clinic in Bergen, Norway. SUBJECTS: Sixty-seven adult women with a history of recurrent lower UTI. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Acute lower UTIs during the 6-month observation period. RESULTS: Eighty-five percent were free of lower UTI during the 6-month observation period in the acupuncture group, compared with 58% in the sham group (p < 0.05), and 36% in the control group (p < 0.01). There were half as many episodes of lower UTI per person-half-year in the acupuncture group as in the sham group, and a third as many as in the control group (p < 0.05). CONCLUSION: Acupuncture seems a worthwhile alternative in the prevention of recurring lower UTI in women

Frequency of Treatment

>1/WK

Time in Treatment

4 Weeks

has health condition studied

Urologic Diseases

has study population number

67

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