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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 5, Issue 2, Pages 237-240
Meeting Report

Acupuncture Research: Strategies for Clinical Evaluation: Workshop Report, York, July 5–8, 2006

1Complementary Medicine Research Unit, University of Southampton, Primary Medical Care, Aldermoor Health Centre, Aldermoor Close, Southampton, SO16 5ST, United Kingdom
2Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York YO10 5DD, United Kingdom

Received 6 January 2007; Accepted 24 January 2007

Copyright © 2008 Val Hopwood and Hugh MacPherson. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This report summarizes a ground-breaking workshop on the strategic direction of acupuncture research which was held in York in early July 2006. Three days were spent discussing the history, the philosophy and the practicalities of researching acupuncture. Attending the workshop were an international group of researchers with varied backgrounds, including acupuncturists, physicians, physiotherapists, sociologists and anthropologists. Supported by the Medical Research Council's Health Services Research Collaboration, Elsevier and others, this workshop was an opportunity to brainstorm the issues and to the concerns in the field and set out directions for research that would tackle some of the major challenges facing the acupuncture research community.