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. Originally published in 2001, the guidelines are designed to facilitate transparency in published reports, enabling a better understanding and interpretation of the results of clinical trials of acupuncture, aiding their critical appraisal, and providing detail that is necessary for replication.

Two reviews of the first version of STRICTA have been carried out: the first was a review of authors of clinical trials and systematic reviews; the second was a review of the impact of STRICTA over the first six years.

A revised version of STRICTA was published in 2010, in collaboration with the CONSORT group. A wide range of acupuncturists, physicians, clinical trialists, methodologists, guideline developers and journals editors from around the world were involved in the revision process. The 2010 revised guidelines supersede the 2001 version and users of STRICTA should use the 2010 version when reporting clinical trials.

Much more information, including the history of STRICA, downloads and translated versions are available on the STRICTA website


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