Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/11477
Title: A randomized, controlled trial of acupuncture self-needling as maintenance therapy for cancer-related fatigue after therapist-delivered acupuncture
Authors: Molassiotis, A 
Bardy, J
Finnegan-John, J
Mackereth, P
Ryder, WD
Filshie, F
Ream, E
Eaton, D
Richardson, A
Keywords: Acupuncture
Breast cancer
Fatigue
Maintenance treatment
Self-acupuncture
Self-needling
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Source: Annals of oncology, 2013, v. 24, no. 6, p. 1645-1652 How to cite?
Journal: Annals of oncology 
Abstract: Background: Maintenance acupuncture is advocated by clinicians after successful clinic-based acupuncture. We aimed to assess the effectiveness of maintenance acupuncture in the management of cancer-related fatigue (CRF); treatment delivered by therapists or self-acupuncture/self-needling was compared with no maintenance treatment. Methods: Breast cancer patients who participated in a randomized trial of acupuncture for CRF management (reported elsewhere) were re-randomized to receive an additional four acupuncturist-delivered weekly sessions; four self-administered weekly acupuncture sessions (self-needling); or no acupuncture. Primary outcome was general fatigue (Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory). Mood, quality of life and safety were also assessed. Results: In total, 197 patients were re-randomized, with 65 to therapist-delivered sessions, 67 to self-acupuncture/ self-needling and 65 to no further acupuncture. Primary outcome scores were equivalent between the therapistdelivered acupuncture and self-acupuncture (P > 0.05). A non-significant trend in improving fatigue was observed at the end of 4 weeks in the combined acupuncture arms (P = 0.07). There was no impact on mood or quality of life of the further acupuncture sessions at 18 weeks beyond the improvement observed in initial trial. Conclusion: Self-acupuncture is an acceptable, feasible and safe maintenance treatment for patients with CRF. However, overall, maintenance acupuncture did not yield important improvements beyond those observed after an initial clinic-based course of acupuncture.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/11477
ISSN: 0923-7534
EISSN: 1569-8041
DOI: 10.1093/annonc/mdt034
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