For students and practitioners

StartTime: Mon 27 August 2012 10:00 am
Location: Auckland

Auckland New ZealandSchool of Acupuncture

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

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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

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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?