Reliability of Chinese Medicine Diagnostic Variables in the Examination of Patients with Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Bin Hua, Estelle Abbas, Alan Hayes, Peter Ryan, Lisa Nelson, Kylie O'Brien
JOURNAL OF ALTERNATIVE AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE | MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC | Published : 2012
BACKGROUND: Chinese medicine (CM) has its own diagnostic indicators that are used as evidence of change in a patient's condition. The majority of studies investigating efficacy of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) have utilized biomedical diagnostic endpoints. For CM clinical diagnostic variables to be incorporated into clinical trial designs, there would need to be evidence that these diagnostic variables are reliable. Previous studies have indicated that the reliability of CM syndrome diagnosis is variable. Little information is known about where the variability stems from--the basic data collection level or the synthesis of diagnostic data, or both. No previous studies have investigated syste..View full abstract
This study formed part of the PhD candidacy of the first author and was supported by Victoria University and Nucleus Network (Baker Medical Research Institute), Melbourne, Australia. The support of these institutions is gratefully acknowledged. This study formed part of a clinical trial into the efficacy of a Chinese herbal medicine in the treatment of symptoms of knee OA, registered with the Australian and New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ACTRN12608000468325).