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2022 Jan 28

Medicine (Baltimore)



Effectiveness of different acupuncture therapies for chronic cancer pain: A protocol for systematic review and Bayesian network meta-analysis.


Wan Q, Chen H, Wang X, Xi H, Zheng S, Luo S, Wu W, Pan R
Medicine (Baltimore). 2022 Jan 28; 101(4):e27965.
PMID: 35089187.


Pain is a common and distressing symptom experienced by cancer patients. Previous research found acupuncture was associated with significant reductions in pain intensity and opioid use. Acupuncture therapies are various, and the difference in efficacy and safety has never been assessed. This paper aims to assess and rank the effectiveness of the different acupuncture methods and provide an acupuncture treatment guideline for relieving chronic pain in cancer survivors.