Delphi Technique

Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) are increasingly utilised for resolving difficulties conceiving. These technologies are expensive to both the public purse and the individual consumers. Acupuncture is widely used as an adjunct to ART with indications that it may assist reducing the time to conception and increasing live birth rates. Heterogeneity is high between treatment protocols.

Author(s): 
Smith, Caroline A.
Grant, Suzanne
Lyttleton, Jane
Cochrane, Suzanne
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

BACKGROUND: Chinese patent medicines (CPMs) are widely used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in China and especially by Western biomedical doctors who are not well trained in TCM. Thus, it is important to create a guideline or an expert consensus so that the CPMs are used correctly. METHODS: The Delphi technique was used to generate the expert consensus. Twenty-eight (28) integrative medicine rheumatologists joined the consensus.

Author(s): 
Zhao, Jing
Zha, Qinglin
Jiang, Miao
Cao, Hongxin
Lu, Aiping
Publication Title: 
Explore (New York, N.Y.)

OBJECTIVE: Many Americans use religious activity to cope with stressful life events. Our goal was to review systematically the recent medical literature to assess the role of religion in health outcomes. DATA SOURCES: We conducted a comprehensive literature search using MEDLINE to identify studies published in the English language between January 1999 and June 2003 describing the effect of religion on health outcomes.

Author(s): 
Coruh, Başak
Ayele, Hana
Pugh, Meredith
Mulligan, Thomas
Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Medicine

INTRODUCTION: Recently, ethical guidelines regarding safe touch in CAM were developed in Israel. Publishing ethical codes does not imply that they will actually help practitioners to meet ethical care standards. The effectiveness of ethical rules depends on familiarity with the code and its content. In addition, critical self-examination of the code by individual members of the profession is required to reflect on the moral commitments encompassed in the code.

Author(s): 
Schiff, Elad
Ben-Arye, Eran
Shilo, Margalit
Levy, Moti
Schachter, Leora
Weitchner, Na'ama
Golan, Ofra
Stone, Julie
Publication Title: 
Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society

Acupuncture is a possible alternative treatment for tennis elbow in general practice. Rigorous investigation of its effectiveness is needed by means of a randomised controlled trial. Before undertaking a trial, a consensus is required on the best treatment protocol. Therefore, a modified Delphi Process was undertaken by e-mail, consisting in three iterative rounds. Fourteen acupuncture trainers initially reported details of their normal treatment that were then incorporated into a treatment plan. This was circulated once for further suggestions and finally for agreement.

Author(s): 
Webster-Harrison, Philip
White, Adrian
Rae, Jonny
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

BACKGROUND: Quality acupuncture influences the outcomes of clinical research, and issues associated with effective administration of acupuncture in randomized controlled trials need to be addressed when appraising studies. OBJECTIVE: The study objective was to achieve consensus on domains and items for inclusion in a rating scale to assess quality acupuncture administered in clinical research. STUDY DESIGN AND SUBJECTS: An active group of Australian acupuncture researchers initially identified a pool of items assessing quality.

Author(s): 
Smith, Caroline A.
Zaslawski, Christopher J.
Zheng, Zhen
Cobbin, Deidre
Cochrane, Suzanne
Lenon, George B.
Loyeung, Bertrand
Meier, Peter C.
Walsh, Sean
Xue, Charlie Changli
Zhang, Anthony L.
Zhu, Xiaoshu
Bensoussan, Alan
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) are increasingly utilised for resolving difficulties conceiving. These technologies are expensive to both the public purse and the individual consumers. Acupuncture is widely used as an adjunct to ART with indications that it may assist reducing the time to conception and increasing live birth rates. Heterogeneity is high between treatment protocols.

Author(s): 
Smith, Caroline A.
Grant, Suzanne
Lyttleton, Jane
Cochrane, Suzanne

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