Tuesday, 10 April 2018 20:00

Warm needle acupuncture for osteoarthritis of the knee: a pilot study - Ian Appleyard

This presentation will introduce the results of a pilot study recently completed at London South Bank University. The study was a double-blind randomised controlled trial that compared warm needle acupuncture to needle acupuncture. On the surface this was a relatively straightforward investigation. However, the protocol is also an example of a component efficacy trial. Ian will also discuss the potential benefits of analysing clinical research in terms of the components of acupuncture rather than the binary conceptualisation of acupuncture versus sham. This approach can be used to design studies to demonstrate that acupuncture has non-psychologically mediated effects; in other words, it is not simply a placebo.  Different conditions are more suitable for investigating specific aspects of acupuncture than others. Ian will set out why osteoarthritis was chosen for this particular trial.

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