Research: MACPHERSON and colleagues

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MACPHERSON and colleagues,, have published the STRICTA recommendations, the ST andards for R eporting I nterventions in C ontrolled T rials of A cupuncture.


Acupuncture treatments and control group interventions in controlled trials of acupuncture are not always precisely reported .



An international group of experienced acupuncturists and researchers drafted the standards named STRICTA. The editors of several journals helped to redraft the recommendations in a second round. Participating journal editors are now requesting prospective authors to adhere to STRICTA when preparing manuscripts for publication. Other journals are invited to adopt these recommendations. The intended outcome is that interventions in controlled acupuncture trials should be more accurately reported and thus facilitate an improvement in appraisability and reproducibility of acupuncture trials.



MacPherson H, White A, Cummings M, Jobst K, Rose K, Niemtzow R. Standards for reporting interventions in controlled trials of acupuncture: The STRICTA recommendations. Standards for Reporting Interventions in Controlled Trials of Acupuncture. Acupuncture in Medicine 20 (1): 22-25, Mar 2002.

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