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Author (up) Worner, T. M.; Zeller, B.; Schwarz, H.; Zwas, F.; Lyon, D. url  openurl
  Title Acupuncture fails to improve treatment outcome in alcoholics Type of Study RCT
  Year 1992 Publication Abbreviated Journal Drug Alcohol Depend  
  Volume 30 Issue 2 Pages 169-173  
  Keywords Acu + Usual Care Versus > 1 Control; Acupuncture; AcuTrials; Alcoholism; Fixed Acupuncture Protocol; Non Penetrating Sham, Electrical; RCT; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; Sham Acupoint Control; Sham Control; Usual Care Control, Multimodality; TCM Acupuncture Style; Substance-Related Disorders; Alcohol-Related Disorders; Group Acupuncture Style; Drug Addiction; Substance Abuse  
  Abstract Fifty-six alcoholics (49 male, 7 female) of lower socioeconomic class attending an outpatient treatment program in Brooklyn, New York were prospectively randomized to one of three treatment group: point-specific acupuncture, sham transdermal stimulation or standard care (control). One third of the subjects reported a history of drug use in addition to alcohol. Results in this small sample showed no significant differences in attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, number of outpatients sessions attended, number of weeks in either the study or in the outpatient program, number of persons completing treatment or in the number of relapses. It is therefore concluded that in this small racially mixed sample of urban outpatient alcoholics, fixed point-specific standardized acupuncture did not improve outcome. We caution against the routine use of this treatment until more randomized controlled trials demonstrate a beneficial effect  
  Address Alcoholism Services, Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn, NY 10201  
  Language Number of Treatments 36  
  Treatment Follow-up 12 Weeks Frequency >1/WK Number of Participants 56  
  Time in Treatment 12 Weeks Condition Alcohol-Related Disorders
  Disease Category Substance-Related Disorders OCSI Score  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 1323  
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