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Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine ›› 2013, Vol. 11 ›› Issue (1): 54-63.doi: 10.3736/jintegrmed2013009

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Extending the CONSORT Statement to moxibustion

Chung-wah Chenga, Shu-fei Fua, Qing-hui Zhoub, Tai-xiang Wuc, Hong-cai Shangd, Xu-dong Tange, Zhi-shun Liuf, Jia Liuf, Zhi-xiu Ling, Lixing Laoh, Ai-ping a,i, Bo-li Zhangj, Bao-yan Liuk(), Zhao-xiang Biana()   

  1. a. School of Chinese Medicine, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR, China
    b. Changhai Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Secondary Military Medical University, Shanghai 200433, China
    c. Chinese Evidence-based Medicine Center, Chengdu 610041, China
    d. Evidence-based Medicine Certer, Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin 300193, China
    e. Department of Gastroenterology, Xiyuan Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100091, China
    f. Department of Acupuncture, Guang’anmen Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100053, China
    g. School of Chinese Medicine, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China
    h. Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21207, USA
    i. Institute of Basic Research in Clinical Medicine, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100700, China
    j. Academy of TCM, Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin 300193, China
    k. Clinial Evaluation Center, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100091, China
  • Received:2012-12-05 Accepted:2012-12-19 Online:2013-01-10 Published:2013-01-15

The STandards for Reporting Interventions in Clinical Trials Of Moxibustion (STRICTOM), in the form of a checklist and descriptions of checklist items, were designed to improve reporting of moxibustion trials, and thereby facilitating their interpretation and replication. The STRICTOM checklist included 7 items and 16 sub-items. These set out reporting guidelines for the moxibustion rationale, details of moxibustion, treatment regimen, other components of treatment, treatment provider background, control and comparator interventions, and precaution measures. In addition, there were descriptions of each item and examples of good reporting. It is intended that the STRICTOM can be used in conjunction with the main CONSORT Statement, extensions for nonpharmacologic treatment and pragmatic trials, and thereby raise the quality of reporting of clinical trials of moxibustion. Further comments will be solicited from the experts of the CONSORT Group, the STRICTA Group, acupuncture and moxibustion societies, and clinical trial authors for optimizing the STRICTOM.

Key words: Moxibustion, Randomized controlled trials, Guidelines

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