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

EA vs metformin for IR in PCOS 2021

Inspired by Wen et al 2021.[1] Photo by Sebastian Pena Lambarri on Unsplash. The admittedly tenuous link to this week's blog is of course FINS, which feature in both. EA – electroacupunctureMA – manual acupunctureIR – insulin resistancePCOS – polycystic ovary syndromeRCT – randomised controlled trialBMI – body mass indexHOMA-IR – homeostatic model assessment of … Continue reading EA vs metformin for IR in PCOS 2021


Inspired by Svahn Ekdahl et al 2021.[1] Image by Janko Ferlič on Unsplash. MA – manual acupunctureTENS – transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulationPGP – pelvic girdle painNIHR – National Institute of Health ResearchODI – Oswestry disability indexITT– intention to treatPP – per protocolCI – confidence intervalQoL – quality of lifekey to acronyms There was a flurry of research activity … Continue reading MA vs TENS in PGP

Should I read a protocol?

Stimulated by Huang et al 2020.[1] Image by Kai Dahms on Unsplash. This is the first BMAS blog that highlights a protocol, rather than the results of research. I rarely read protocols! If it looks like a big study or I know the team, I might have a quick look at the abstract. Protocols really … Continue reading Should I read a protocol?

Acupuncture versus clomiphene controversy

Stimulated by Gao et al 2019.[1] Photo by The Honest Company on Unsplash.Well this little chap looks a little oriental to me, so as all the trials in the highlighted SR were performed in China, he seemed most appropriate. Much as I would have liked to let this one slide by unannounced, I feel obliged … Continue reading Acupuncture versus clomiphene controversy

Safety of AT in pregnancy

Stimulated by Moon et al 2019.[1] Photo by Suhyeon Choi on Unsplash. I found this image when searching for pregnancy and Korea on Unsplash. I suspect that these women are not actually pregnant, but I strongly suspect that they are Korean, since the photographer is from South Korea herself. This blog is about a retrospective … Continue reading Safety of AT in pregnancy

Acupuncture and IVF

– no clear effect on live birth rate This blog was first published on 18th June 2018 on https://blogs.bmj.com/aim/ Acupuncture has become very popular within the field of assisted reproduction, and particularly as an intervention within IVF (In-Vitro Fertilisation). In an editorial from 2015 in Acupuncture in Medicine, David Carr lists 12 meta-analyses on the subject … Continue reading Acupuncture and IVF

Segmental EA falls short in ovulation induction

…in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) This blog was first published on 18th November 2017 on https://blogs.bmj.com/aim/ Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Finally I have come to address this topic, some months following publication of an eagerly awaited (at least by me) large clinical trial.[1] I have been a colleague and friend of the second … Continue reading Segmental EA falls short in ovulation induction