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Completed projects

Acupuncture, Counselling or Usual Care for Depression (ACUDep) Trial

Depression is a challenging condition and there is a need for further research into effective treatments.

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Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: Individual Patient Data Meta-analysis (Acupuncture Trialists' Collaboration)

We have helped conduct one of the largest studies of acupuncture for chronic pain conditions, including the conditions of back and neck pain, osteoarthritis and chronic headaches.

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Acupuncture for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (ACIBS) Trial

The aim of this study is to establish rigorous evidence on the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of acupuncture for IBS.

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Acupuncture and Other Physical Treatments for Osteoarthritis: Network Meta-analysis (OAK Project)

The aim of this study is to compare the effectiveness of acupuncture with other physical treatments for alleviating pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee.

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Acupuncture Neuroimaging Studies

Acupuncture is a treatment modality that is growing in popularity in the UK, and our neuroimaging research has contributed to our understanding of how acupuncture might work.

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Acupuncture Practice in the UK: a National Survey

A project to map acupuncture practitioners across the UK has provided more knowledge about the practitioners who provide acupuncture treatment, what conditions patients consult for, and the characteristics of the treatment provided.

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Alexander Technique Lessons and Acupuncture Sessions (ATLAS) Trial

The £720,000 ATLAS trial, funded by Arthritis Research UK, is currently being conducted over a three-year period. The trial has recruited 517 participants who were randomly allocated to receive either 12 acupuncture sessions, 20 Alexander Technique lessons, or to continue to receive usual GP care alone.

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Comfrey Project

The aim of this project, led by Rachael Frost for her Masters Dissertation, is to identify the gaps between current research and practice in the use of comfrey (Symphytum officinale) by UK herbal practitioners.

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Homeopathy for Mental Fatigue: a Double Blind Placebo Controlled Trial

Mental fatigue is a problem experienced by many people. Potassium phosphate is traditionally indicated in homeopathic sources for cognitive problems including inattention and concentration difficulties. A commonly available off the shelf treatment is Kalium Phosphoricum (Kali Phos); however, there has been no independent research into its efficacy.

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Magnetic Therapy for Arthritis

Dr Stewart Richmond of the Complementary Medicine Evaluation Group carried out two trials to test the effectiveness of copper and magnetic bracelets to treat the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Link to MACROPOD project.

Link to CAMBRA project.

Mapping of Alexander Technique Lessons and Teachers (MALT)

The Complementary Medicine Evaluation Group at the University of York is undertaking a new project to map the teaching of Alexander Technique across the UK. 

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Non-specific Mechanisms in Orthodox and CAM management of back pain (MOCAM)

This project involves a large-scale longitudinal questionnaire-based study about the role of non-specific factors in the treatment of back pain. 

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Standards for Reporting Interventions in Clinical Trials of Acupuncture (STRICTA)

STRICTA has been developed as a way of improving the Standards for Reporting Interventions in Clinical Trials of Acupuncture and comprises a set of guidelines and an accompanying checklist.

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York Acupuncture for Back Pain (YACBAC) Trial

The YACBAC trial was designed to evaluate the clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness of acupuncture for chronic low back pain.

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