Effectiveness of acupuncture for cancer pain: protocol for an umbrella review and meta-analyses of controlled trials

He, Y, Liu, Y, May, B, Zhang, A, Zhang, H, Lu, C, Yang, L, Guo, X and Xue, C 2017, 'Effectiveness of acupuncture for cancer pain: protocol for an umbrella review and meta-analyses of controlled trials', BMJ open, vol. 7, no. 12, pp. 1-8.


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Title Effectiveness of acupuncture for cancer pain: protocol for an umbrella review and meta-analyses of controlled trials
Author(s) He, Y
Liu, Y
May, B
Zhang, A
Zhang, H
Lu, C
Yang, L
Guo, X
Xue, C
Year 2017
Journal name BMJ open
Volume number 7
Issue number 12
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher B M J Group
Abstract INTRODUCTION: The National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines for adult cancer pain indicate that acupuncture and related therapies may be valuable additions to pharmacological interventions for pain management. Of the systematic reviews related to this topic, some concluded that acupuncture was promising for alleviating cancer pain, while others argued that the evidence was insufficient to support its effectiveness.METHODS AND ANALYSIS: This review will consist of three components: (1) synthesis of findings from existing systematic reviews; (2) updated meta-analyses of randomised clinical trials and (3) analyses of results of other types of clinical studies. We will search six English and four Chinese biomedical databases, dissertations and grey literature to identify systematic reviews and primary clinical studies. Two reviewers will screen results of the literature searches independently to identify included reviews and studies. Data from included articles will be abstracted for assessment, analysis and summary. Two assessors will appraise the quality of systematic reviews using Assessment of Multiple Systematic Reviews; assess the randomised controlled trials using the Cochrane Collaboration's risk of bias tool and other types of studies according to the Newcastle-Ottawa Scale. We will use 'summary of evidence' tables to present evidence from existing systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Using the primary clinical studies, we will conduct meta-analysis for each outcome, by grouping studies based on the type of acupuncture, the comparator and the specific type of pain.
Subject Traditional Chinese Medicine and Treatments
Keyword(s) Acupuncture
Cancer pain
Meta-analyses
Umbrella review
DOI - identifier 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018494
Copyright notice © 2017 Author(s). This is an Open Access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license
ISSN 2044-6055
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