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BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine

, 12:148

Basic research

Abstract

BackgroundThere is a need for more Comparative Effectiveness Research CER to strengthen the evidence base for clinical and policy decision-making. Effectiveness Guidance Documents EGD are targeted to clinical researchers. The aim of this EGD is to provide specific recommendations for the design of prospective acupuncture studies to support optimal use of resources for generating evidence that will inform stakeholder decision-making.

MethodsDocument development based on multiple systematic consensus procedures written Delphi rounds, interactive consensus workshop, international expert review. To balance aspects of internal and external validity, multiple stakeholders including patients, clinicians and payers were involved.

ResultsRecommendations focused mainly on randomized studies and were developed for the following areas: overall research strategy, treatment protocol, expertise and setting, outcomes, study design and statistical analyses, economic evaluation, and publication.

ConclusionThe present EGD, based on an international consensus developed with multiple stakeholder involvement, provides the first systematic methodological guidance for future CER on acupuncture.

KeywordsComparative effectiveness research Effectiveness guidance document Acupuncture  Download fulltext PDF



Author: Claudia M Witt - Mikel Aickin - Trini Baca - Dan Cherkin - Mary N Haan - Richard Hammerschlag - Jason Jishun Hao - Georg

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