An Overview of Systematic Reviews and Meta analyses on Acupuncture for Post-acute Stroke Dysphagia

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Tian, Z-Y., Liao, X., Gao, Y., Liang, S-B., Zhang, C-Y., X, D-H., Liu, J-P. and Robinson, N. (2019). An Overview of Systematic Reviews and Meta analyses on Acupuncture for Post-acute Stroke Dysphagia. Geriatrics. 4 (4).
AuthorsTian, Z-Y., Liao, X., Gao, Y., Liang, S-B., Zhang, C-Y., X, D-H., Liu, J-P. and Robinson, N.
Abstract

Background: Many randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and systematic reviews (SRs) on acupuncture treatment for post-acute stroke dysphagia have been published. Conflicting results from different SRs necessitated an overview to summarize and assess the quality of this evidence to determine whether acupuncture is effective for this condition. The aim was to evaluate methodological quality and summarizing the evidence for important outcomes. Methods: Seven databases were searched for SRs and/or meta-analysis of RCTs and quasi-RCTs on acupuncture for post-acute stroke dysphagia. Two authors independently identified SRs and meta-analyses, collected data to assess the quality of included SRs and meta analyses according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) and the revised Assessment of Multiple Systematic Reviews (AMSTAR 2). Results: Searches yielded 382 SRs, 31 were included. The quality of 22 SRs was critically low, five SRs were low, and four Cochrane SRs were moderate when evaluated by AMSTAR2. A total of 17 SRs reported 85.2–96.3% of PRISMA items. Five SRs included explanatory RCTs, 16 SRs included pragmatic RCTs, and 10 SRs included both. Conclusion: Currently, evidence on the effectiveness of acupuncture on post-acute stroke dysphagia is of a low quality. The type of study appeared to have no direct influence on the result, but the primary outcome measures showed a relationship with the quality of SRs. High quality trials with large sample sizes should be the focus of future research.

Year2019
JournalGeriatrics
Journal citation4 (4)
PublisherMDPI
ISSN2308-3417
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.3390/geriatrics4040068
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Print08 Dec 2019
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Accepted05 Dec 2019
Deposited12 Dec 2019
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