The world is in desperate need of effective non-pharmacological chronic pain solutions. Although patients with chronic pain may find the promise of any period of relief welcome, the more relevant question is whether a given intervention can provide benefit over the longer term. The duration of the effect of an intervention, like acupuncture, has clear implications for health economics! The authors of this study (published in Pain, 2017) analyzed individual patient data from the Acupuncture Trialists’ Collaboration to establish the time course of acupuncture effects. Many trials of acupuncture were found to have measured outcomes at more than one point in time after the conclusion of treatment, allowing the authors to compare how the differences between groups changed between two time points post-treatment and attempt to estimate how much the effects of acupuncture treatment persist…LOG IN OR SUBSCRIBE TO ACCESS THE FULL RESEARCH REVIEW!

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