Thursday, March 20, 2014

Acupuncture for chronic pain - it works

CLINICAL QUESTION: Is acupuncture associated with reduced pain outcomes for patients with chronic pain compared with sham-acupuncture (placebo) or no-acupuncture control?

BOTTOM LINE: Acupuncture is associated with improved pain outcomes compared with sham-acupuncture and no-acupuncture control, with response rates of approximately 30% for no acupuncture, 42.5% for sham acupuncture, and 50% for acupuncture.

JAMA. 2014 Mar 5;311(9):955-6

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