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JAMA Clinical Evidence Synopsis
March 5, 2014

Acupuncture for Chronic Pain

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
  • 2Technical University, Munich, Germany
JAMA. 2014;311(9):955-956. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.285478
Abstract

Clinical Question  Is acupuncture associated with reduced pain outcomes for patients with chronic pain compared with sham-acupuncture (placebo) or no-acupuncture control?

Bottom Line  Acupuncture is associated with improved pain outcomes compared with sham-acupuncture and no-acupuncture control, with response rates of approximately 30% for no acupuncture, 42.5% for sham acupuncture, and 50% for acupuncture.

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