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Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 10–17 | Cite as

Impact evaluation of CONSORT and STRICTA guidelines on reporting quality for randomized controlled trials of acupuncture conducted in China

  • Li-ming Lu
  • Jun He
  • Jing-chun Zeng
  • Mu-xi Liao
  • Chao Jia
  • Hai-hua Pan
Original Article

Abstract

Objective

To evaluate and compare the reports' qualities of acupuncture randomized controlled trials (RCTs) conducted in China before and after the implementation of two guidelines, i.e., the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) statement and the Standards for Reporting Interventions in Controlled Trials of Acupuncture (STRICTA).

Methods

Proportions of studies that reported CONSORT and STRICTA items were compared for the years before and after implementation of these two guidelines. In addition, the total score of each item's reporting were calculated and reported differences during different date ranges were compared.

Results

For CONSORT items (maximum score 8), there was evidence of a slight improvement in reporting between 1994–1995 and 1999–2000 combined (2.5±0.6) and 2004–2005 and 2009–2010 combined (3.0±0.9; difference 0.4, 95% confidence interval, 0.3 to 0.6, P<0.01). For STRICTA items (maximum score 17), there was evidence that a slight improvement in reporting between 1994–1995 and 1999–2000 combined (8.6±2.1) and 2004–2005 and 2009–2010 combined (10.1±1.8; difference 1.5, 95% confidence interval, 1.1 to 1.9, P<0.01).

Conclusion

Quality of reporting for RCTs of acupuncture treatment conducted in China have generally improved since the introduction of the STRICTA and CONSORT guidelines.

Keywords

acupuncture quality of reporting randomized controlled trials Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) statement Standards for Reporting Interventions in Controlled Trials of Acupuncture (STRICTA) 

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Acknowledgments

The funder had no further role in the study design, data collection, analysis and interpretation of data, writing of the report, or decision to submit the paper for publication. The authors would like to express sincere thanks to our colleagues, staff of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine and its First Affiliated Hospital for their support.

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© Chinese Association of the Integration of Traditional and Western Medicine and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • Li-ming Lu
    • 1
  • Jun He
    • 2
  • Jing-chun Zeng
    • 3
  • Mu-xi Liao
    • 2
    • 3
  • Chao Jia
    • 2
  • Hai-hua Pan
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Key Unit of Methodology in Clinical ResearchGuangdong Provincial Hospital of Chinese MedicineGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of Acupuncture, First Affiliated HospitalGuangzhou University of Chinese MedicineGuangzhouChina
  3. 3.Department of AcupunctureGuangzhou University of Chinese MedicineGuangzhouChina

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