Integrating acupuncture: are there positive health outcomes for women?
Robinson, N. (2016). Integrating acupuncture: are there positive health outcomes for women? Journal of Zhejiang University-SCIENCE B (Biomedicine & Biotechnology). 18 (3), pp. 233-238.
The key health issues for women tend to be primarily associated with the female reproductive system. There are also other gender priorities and consequences associated with ageing, which require effective interventions. Acupuncture is used worldwide and its evidence base is increasing on both mechanisms of action and its ef-fectiveness in clinical care. Although acupuncture may be a valuable addition to healthcare for some conditions, it is rarely fully integrated into mainstream Western medicine clinical practice. Inadequate design and poor reporting of clinical trials have been barriers. Additionally systematic reviews and meta-analyses have tended to be equivocal and have reported that there is insufficient evidence for its recommendation. Future research should focus on ensuring good trial design including cost effectiveness and qualitative data and using a more pragmatic stance which reflects acupuncture in clinical practice. Undoubtedly, effective interventions are always needed to ensure the best health outcomes and address preventable deaths, morbidities, and disabilities among women but integration will be compromised unless underpinned by good evidence.
|Keywords||Acupuncture; Women’s health; Evidence-based medicine; Acupuncture mechanisms of action; Integration; Health outcomes|
|Journal||Journal of Zhejiang University-SCIENCE B (Biomedicine & Biotechnology)|
|Journal citation||18 (3), pp. 233-238|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1631/jzus.B1600260|
|11 Nov 2016|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||06 Feb 2018|
|Accepted||26 Aug 2016|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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