Needle Acupuncture for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): A Systematic Review
RAND Corporation Santa Monica United States
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This systematic review synthesized evidence from randomized controlled trials RCTs to determine the efficacy of needle acupuncture for posttraumatic stress disorder PTSD PROSPERO record CRD42015026766. Through January 2016, we searched nine databases, as well as trial registries and existing systematic reviews, to identify RCTs evaluating the efficacy and safety of needle acupuncture used adjunctively or as monotherapy to treat adults with PTSD. Two independent reviewers screened identified literature using predetermined eligibility criteria, extracted study-level information, and assessed the methodological quality of included studies. Outcomes of interest included PTSD symptoms primary outcome, health-related quality of life, functional status, anxiety and depression symptoms, sleep quality, and adverse events. Meta-analyses were conducted using the Hartung-Knapp-Sidik-Jonkman method for random-effects models. Quality of the body of evidence was assessed using the GRADE approach.
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