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Author (up) Liu, F.; Han, X.; Li, Y.; Yu, S. url  doi
  Title Acupuncture in the treatment of tinnitus: a systematic review and meta-analysis Type of Study Systematic Review
  Year 2016 Publication European Archives of oto-Rhino-Laryngology : Official Journal of the European Federation of Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Societies (EUFOS) : Affiliated With the German Society for Oto-Rhino-Laryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Abbreviated Journal Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol  
  Volume 273 Issue 2 Pages 285-294  
  Keywords AcuTrials; Acupuncture; Meta-analysis; Systematic Review; Meta-analysis; Tinnitus; Ear Diseases; Hearing Disorders  
  Abstract This study aimed at a systematic review and meta-analysis of all available randomized controlled trials (RCTs) using acupuncture to treat tinnitus. Five electronic databases, in both English and Chinese, were searched. All studies in our review and meta-analysis included parallel RCTs of tinnitus patients which compared subjects receiving acupuncture (or its other forms, such as electroacupuncture) to subjects receiving no treatment, sham treatment, drugs or basic medical therapy. Data from the articles were validated and extracted using a predefined data extraction form. Nearly all of Chinese studies reported positive results, while most of English studies reported negative results. Analysis of the combined data found that the acupuncture treatments seemed to provide some advantages over conventional therapies for tinnitus. It had difference in acupuncture points and sessions between Chinese studies and English studies. Methodological flaws were also found in many of the RCTs, especially in Chinese studies. The results of this review suggest that acupuncture therapy may offer subjective benefit to some tinnitus patients. Acupuncture points and sessions used in Chinese studies may be more appropriate, whereas these studies have many methodological flaws and risk bias, which prevents us making a definitive conclusion.  
  Address Department of Otolaryngology, Shandong Qianfoshan Hospital, 16766 Jingshi Road, Jinan, 250014, People's Republic of China.  
  Language English Number of Treatments  
  Treatment Follow-up Frequency Number of Participants  
  Time in Treatment Condition Tinnitus
  Disease Category Ear Diseases OCSI Score  
  Notes PMID:25344063 Approved yes  
  Call Number OCOM @ refbase @ Serial 2111  
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