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Author (up) Gaw, A. C.; Chang, L. W.; Shaw, L. C. url  openurl
  Title Efficacy of acupuncture on osteoarthritic pain. A controlled, double-blind study Type of Study RCT
  Year 1975 Publication The New England journal of medicine Abbreviated Journal N Engl J Med  
  Volume 293 Issue 8 Pages 375-378  
  Keywords Acu Versus Sham; Acupuncture; AcuTrials; Arthritis; Fixed Acupuncture Protocol; Individualized Acupuncture Protocol; Penetrating Sham; Osteoarthritis, Knee; Near Verum Acupoint Control; Osteoarthritis; Pain; RCT; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; Sham Acupoint Control; Sham Control; Standard Needling Depth; TCM Acupuncture Style  
  Abstract Forty patients, randomly assigned to an experimental and a control group, participated in a double-blind study to assess the effectiveness of acupuncture in reducing chronic pain associated with osteoarthritis. The experimental group received treatment at standard acupuncture points, and the control group at placebo points. Analysis before and after treatment showed a significant (P less than 0.05) improvement in tenderness and subjective report of pain in both groups as evaluated by two independent observers and in activity by one observer. Comparison of responses to treatment between the two groups showed no significant (P greater than 0.05) difference. Thus, both experimental and control groups showed a reduction in pain after the treatments. These results may reflect the natural course of illness, and various attitudinal and social factors  
  Language Number of Treatments 8  
  Treatment Follow-up 6 Frequency 1/WK Number of Participants 40  
  Time in Treatment 8 Weeks Condition Osteoarthritis
  Disease Category Arthritis OCSI Score  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 370  
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