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Author (up) Alexander, D. N.; Cen, S.; Sullivan, K. J.; Bhavnani, G.; Ma, X.; Azen, S. P. url  openurl
  Title Effects of acupuncture treatment on poststroke motor recovery and physical function: a pilot study Type of Study RCT
  Year 2004 Publication Neurorehabilitation and neural repair Abbreviated Journal Neurorehabil Neural Repair  
  Volume 18 Issue 4 Pages 259-267  
  Keywords Acu + Usual Care Versus Usual Care; Acupuncture; Stroke; AcuTrials; Motor Function; RCT; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; Semi-Individualized Acupuncture Protocol; Usual Care Control, Physical; Symptom Based Point Selection; TCM Acupuncture Style  
  Abstract This pilot study obtained preliminary data on the effects of acupuncture treatment combined with a standard inpatient stroke rehabilitation program on poststroke motor recovery and physical function. Thirty-two patients with acute stroke were recruited and randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms: standard rehabilitation (control group) or a combination of acupuncture and standard rehabilitation (acupuncture group). Baseline and discharge assessments were obtained on motor recovery as measured by the Fugl-Meyer (FM) Assessment and on physical function as measured by the Functional Independence Measure (FIM). Comparisons were made between the acupuncture and control group in total FM and FIM as well as for each subscale of the FM and FIM. No differences between treatment groups were found in the total FM or the total FIM. However, statistically significant benefit due to acupuncture was observed for the FM lower extremity motor function subscale (P = 0.01) and the tub/shower transfer mobility subscale of the FIM (P = 0.03). Marginally significant benefit due to acupuncture was noted for the toilet transfer mobility subscale of the FIM (P = 0.09). The effectiveness of acupuncture as an adjunct to standard poststroke rehabilitation programs may be demonstrated when more specific measures of stroke motor recovery and physical function are used  
  Address Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital, Inglewood, CA  
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  Language Number of Treatments 14  
  Treatment Follow-up N/A Frequency >1/WK Number of Participants 32  
  Time in Treatment 2 Weeks Condition Stroke
  Disease Category Stroke OCSI Score 62  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 13  
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