Acupuncture Interventions

The CONSORT extension for reporting Acupuncture Interventions, [Standards for Reporting Interventions in Clinical Trials of Acupuncture (STRICTA)] was revised in 2010 to be in-line with CONSORT 2010 and the CONSORT nonpharmacological interventions extension. The STRICTA checklist consists of six items split into 17 sub-items. These items include details of the rationale for acupuncture, details of needling, treatment regimen, other components of treatment, the practitioner background and the control or comparator intervention.

STRICTA aims to ensure that acupuncture trials are more accurately interpreted and more easily replicated.

Available Downloads

The main CONSORT flow diagram should be used.

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Reference

MacPherson H, Altman DG, Hammerschlag R, Youping L, Taixiang W, White A, Moher D; STRICTA Revision Group. Revised STandards for Reporting Interventions in Clinical Trials of Acupuncture (STRICTA): extending the CONSORT statement. PLoS Med. 2010 Jun 8;7(6):e1000261. PMID: 20543992

MacPherson H, Altman DG, Hammerschlag R, Youping L, Taixiang W, White A, Moher D; STRICTA Revision Group. Revised STandards for Reporting Interventions in Clinical Trials of Acupuncture (STRICTA): extending the CONSORT statement. Acupuncture in Medicine2010; 28: 83-93. PMID: 20615861

Extensions of the CONSORT Statement

The main CONSORT Statement is based on the "standard" two-group parallel design. However, there are several variations to the standard trial methodology, including different design aspects (e.g., cluster), interventions (e.g., herbals) and data (e.g., harms).

To help improve the reporting of these trials the main CONSORT Statement has been extended and modified by members of the CONSORT group for application in these various areas. The resulting CONSORT extensions are presented in this section. This list is, by no means, exhaustive; and work is constantly in progress.

Please note that modifications to the CONSORT checklist or flow diagram that are not developed with the involvement of the CONSORT Group do not have permission to name their work "CONSORT".

Some work, however, has been done to modify the CONSORT Statement without the involvement of the Group. These unofficial extensions of the CONSORT Statement can be found here.

 

Finding the Appropriate Extension

The table below lists the current official extensions of the CONSORT statement.  You can click on each extension to learn more about it or to explore that extension in the checklist viewer application.

 

Designs
Interventions
Data
Cluster Trials Herbal Medicinal Interventions CONSORT-PRO
Non-Inferiority and Equivalence Trials Non-Pharmacologic Treatment Interventions Harms
Pragmatic Trials Acupuncture Interventions

Abstracts

N-of-1 Trials Chinese Herbal Medicine Formulas  
Pilot and Feasibility Trials     
Within Person Trials