Evidence mapping 2022

Inspired by number 8 in the BMJ acupuncture research series.[1–8] SR – systematic reviewICU – intensive care unitRCT – randomised controlled trialGRADE – Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation (a method of grading the quality or ‘certainty’ and strength or ‘effect size’ of evidence inhealthcare)MSK – musculoskeletalES – effect sizeSMD – standardised mean differenceTMJD … Continue reading Evidence mapping 2022

Where to start in LBP

Stimulated by Harwood et al 2022.[1] Photo by Adam Jones on Unsplash. Photo by Olenka Kotyk on Unsplash. LBP – low back painUS – United States of AmericaHCCI – Heath Care Cost InstituteED – emergency departmentEM – emergency medicinekey to acronyms This is very large retrospective observational cohort from the US examining opioid use, other … Continue reading Where to start in LBP

Acupuncture and fracture risk in OA

Inspired by Huang et al 2022.[1] Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com OA – osteoarthritisJICM – Journal of Integrative and Complementary MedicineJACM – Journal of Alternative and Complementary MedicineVIP – very important personaHR – adjusted hazard ratiokey to acronyms This paper appeared online on the 14th of this month in JICM, and it was then that … Continue reading Acupuncture and fracture risk in OA

Risk of T2DM in RA

Inspired by Chen et al 2021.[1] Tea fields, Alishan Township, Chiayi County, Taiwan. Photo by Alexa Soh on Unsplash. T2DM – type 2 diabetes mellitusRA – rheumatoid arthritisCHD – coronary heart diseaseaHR – adjusted hazard ratioMA – manual acupunctureEA – electroacupunctureTNFα – tumour necrosis factor alpha (a potent inflammatory cytokine)LHID – longitudinal health insurance database … Continue reading Risk of T2DM in RA

An SR of AEs 2021

Inspired by Bäumler  et al 2021.[1] Photo by Dominika Kwiatkowska on Pexels.com SR – systematic reviewAE(s) – adverse event(s)SAE(s) – serious adverse event(s)RoB – risk of biaskey to acronyms I was a bit surprised to see this big AE review full of forest plots in BMJ Open last week. This is the first review of … Continue reading An SR of AEs 2021

Acupuncture for CP CPPS

Inspired by Sun et al 2021.[1] Points used in the trial adapted from Supplement 3 of the publication.[1] CP – chronic prostatitisCPPS – chronic pelvic pain syndromeRCT – randomised controlled trialIF – impact factorNIH-CPSI – National Institute of Health Chronic Prostatitis Symptom IndexMA – manual acupunctureMCID – minimal clinically important differenceSUI – stress urinary incontinencekey … Continue reading Acupuncture for CP CPPS

Acupuncture for TLE

Inspired by Oliveira et al 2021.[1] Lightening in Campinas by Chaval Brasil from Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil. TLE – temporal lobe epilepsyTLE-HS – temporal lobe epilepsy with hippocampal sclerosisAEDs – antiepileptic drugsCLS – Cantril ladder scaleQoL – quality of lifeQOLIE-31 – quality of life in epilepsy (31 item scale)aHR – adjusted hazard ratiokey to acronyms … Continue reading Acupuncture for TLE

CHD risk in depression

Inspired by Huang et al 2021.[1] Photo by Jiroe on Unsplash. CHD – coronary heart diseaseFM – fibromyalgiaRA – rheumatoid arthritisOA – osteoarthritisPD – Parkinson’s diseaseNHIRD – National Health Insurance Research Database (Taiwan)aHR – adjusted hazard ratioMA – manual acupunctureEA – electroacupuncturekey to acronyms This is the fourth large retrospective observational cohort from Taiwan measuring … Continue reading CHD risk in depression

Does acupuncture reduce opioid use?

Stimulated by Pham et al 2021.[1] Photo by Alexandru G Stavrică on Unsplash.Woman in a field of poppies... the original source of opiates – the natural subset of opioids. NSAIDs – non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugsPT – physical therapyTENS – transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulationED – emergency departmentkey to acronyms This is another large retrospective observational cohort trial, … Continue reading Does acupuncture reduce opioid use?

Post-stroke dementia

Stimulated by Chu et al 2021.[1] Photo by Steven HWG on Unsplash. LHID – Longitudinal Health Insurance Database (Taiwan)NHIRD – National Health Insurance Research Database (Taiwan)CCI – Charlson Comorbidity IndexHR – hazard ratiokey to acronyms We all know that dementia is fast becoming one of the biggest health and social care challenges of our era, … Continue reading Post-stroke dementia