For students and practitioners
StartTime: Mon 27 August 2012 10:00am
Monday 27th August 2012 10-11.30am
Facilitator: Mike Armour
Subject: Paradoxes in Acupuncture Research
Read the selected articles and consider the three questions. Your facilitator will guide the discussion.
Langevin, H. M., Wayne, P. M., Macpherson, H., Schnyer, R., Milley, R. M., Napadow, V., . . . Hammerschlag, R. (2011). Paradoxes in acupuncture research: Strategies for moving forward. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med, 2011, 180805. doi:10.1155/2011/180805
Available from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20976074
Kaptchuk, T. J., Chen, K. J., & Song, J. (2010). Recent clinical trials of acupuncture in the west: Responses from the practitioners. Chin J Integr Med, 16(3), 197-203. doi:10.1007/s11655-010-0197-x
Available from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20694771
Journal club questions
1. What are the ethics of sham/placebo needling in clinical trials from the point of view of a practitioner and also a patient?
2. What is the idea of acupuncture as a complex intervention and how this impacts on the design of research?
3. How can you design acupuncture research that both mimics clinical practice and provides clinically useful information?