• Acupuncture Case Reports

  • A lot of effort has been put into acupuncture scientific research. Expert opinion, case reports, case series, case-control studies, cohort studies, randomised controlled studies, systematic reviews, and meta analysis, have all been done, and given a solid basis for the practice of traditional acupuncture. Still, it is no secret that there are still many questions about acupuncture, and there is still the request for additional research. So what kind of research would be most useful to conduct?
    The answer that Edward Chiu gives to this, is, surprisingly perhaps to some, *not* more large scale, placebo controlled, randomised clinical trials (RCT’s). Instead, he argues, the profession is best served by the publication of more high-quality case reports. Case reports are detailed reports on the patients presentation, diagnosis, background and treatment and outcome of a real patient. They are valid legal documents, providing the reader with insights into the treatment, and may give ideas for the treatment of other patients.
    In contrast, RCT’s give us valuable information on the effects of a treatment, but many details get lost, and a large scale RCT does not give us information on the the question if that treatment is suitable for a particular patient, nor does a RCT give us information on why the treatment may work, or ideas on how to improve the treatment.
    Chiu has published a book, titled ‘Writing Acupuncture Case Reports’, that seeks to help practitioners to do just that. In this video, he illustrates why this is important.