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Author (up) Stavem, K.; Rossberg, E.; Larsson, P. G. url  openurl
  Title Health-related quality of life outcomes in a trial of acupuncture, sham acupuncture and conventional treatment for chronic sinusitis Type of Study RCT
  Year 2008 Publication Abbreviated Journal BMC Res Notes  
  Volume 1 Issue 1 Pages 37-  
  Keywords Acu Versus > 1 Control; Acupuncture; AcuTrials; Individualized Acupuncture Protocol; Penetrating Sham; Non Specific Acupoint Control; RCT; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; Superficial Needling Depth; Sham Acupoint Control; Sham Control; Usual Care Control, Pharmaceutical; TCM Acupuncture Style; Sinusitis; Respiratory Tract Diseases  
  Abstract ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Acupuncture is commonly used to treat chronic sinusitis, though there is little documentation on the effect. This study presents the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) outcomes in a trial comparing traditional Chinese acupuncture, sham acupuncture, and conventional treatment for chronic sinusitis. FINDINGS: In a three-armed single blind randomized controlled study, we recruited 65 patients with symptoms of sinusitis >3 months and signs of sinusitis on computed tomography (CT). Patients were randomized to one of three study arms: (1) 2-4 weeks of medication with antibiotics, corticosteroids, 0.9 % sodium chloride solution, and local decongestants (n=21), (2) ten treatments with traditional Chinese acupuncture (n=25), or (3) ten treatments with minimal acupuncture at non-acupoints (n=19). Change in HRQoL was assessed over 12 weeks using the Chronic Sinusitis Survey (CSS) and Short form 36 (SF-36) questionnaires. In the study, we found only a non-significant difference on the CSS symptom scale between conventional medical therapy and traditional Chinese acupuncture. On the SF-36 scale role-physical the change was larger in the conventional group than in the sham group (p=0.02), and on the mental health scale the change in the conventional therapy arm was larger than in the traditional Chinese acupuncture group (p=0.03). There was no difference in effect on HRQoL on any scale between the sham and traditional Chinese acupuncture groups. CONCLUSIONS: There was no clear evidence of the superiority of one treatment over another on short-term HRQoL outcomes, although there was a statistically non-significant advantage of conventional therapy in a few dimensions  
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  Language Number of Treatments 10  
  Treatment Follow-up 8 Weeks Frequency >1/WK Number of Participants 66  
  Time in Treatment 4 Weeks Condition Sinusitis
  Disease Category Respiratory Tract Diseases OCSI Score  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 1100  
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