Journal article

Acupuncture for analgesia in the emergency department: a multicentre, randomised, equivalence and non-inferiority trial

Marc M Cohen, De Villiers Smit, Nick Andrianopoulos, Michael Ben-Meir, David Mcd Taylor, Shefton J Parker, Chalie C Xue, Peter A Cameron

MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to assess analgesia provided by acupuncture, alone or in combination with pharmacotherapy, to patients presenting to emergency departments with acute low back pain, migraine or ankle sprain. DESIGN: A pragmatic, multicentre, randomised, assessor-blinded, equivalence and non-inferiority trial of analgesia, comparing acupuncture alone, acupuncture plus pharmacotherapy, and pharmacotherapy alone for alleviating pain in the emergency department. Setting, participants: Patients presenting to emergency departments in one of four tertiary hospitals in Melbourne with acute low back pain, migraine, or ankle sprain, and with a pain score on a 10-point verbal numerical rati..

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