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2020 Sep

Med Care

58 Suppl 2 9S

Patient Feedback on the Effectiveness of Auricular Acupuncture on Pain in Routine Clinical Care: The Experience of 11,406 Veterans.


Zeliadt SB, Thomas ER, Olson J, Coggeshall S, Giannitrapani K, Ackland PE, Reddy KP, Federman DG, Drake DF, Kligler B, Taylor SL
Med Care. 2020 Sep; 58 Suppl 2 9S:S101-S107.
PMID: 32826779.


Veterans Health Administration (VHA) launched a national initiative to train providers in a specific, protocolized auricular acupuncture treatment (also called Battlefield Acupuncture or BFA) as a nonpharmacological approach to pain management. This evaluation assessed the real-world effectiveness of BFA on immediate pain relief and identified subgroups of patients for whom BFA is most effective.