Acupuncture/moxibustion RCT for distal sensory peripheral neuropathy in HIV/AIDS: Rationale, design, methods, procedure and logistics

Joyce K. Anastasi, Bernadette Capili, Ann M. Chung, Richard Hammerschlag

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Distal sensory peripheral neuropathy is a common neurological complication experienced by people living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) may offer effective interventions in the management of its symptoms. To improve the quality and transparency of reporting acupuncture clinical trials, the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) guidelines were developed in 1996 and the Standards for Reporting Interventions in Controlled Trials of Acupuncture (STRICTA) recommendations were introduced in 2001. Incorporating international guidelines, this paper describes the development of a RCT including rationale, design, methods, procedures and logistics for a pilot study aimed at evaluating acupuncture and moxibustion for neuropathy associated with HIV. Using STRICTA guidelines as a template, aspects of clinical research design are explored to further optimise future studies of TCM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-52
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Journal of Oriental Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 16 2010



  • Acupuncture
  • Clinical trial
  • HIV
  • Moxibustion
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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