Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Improving Research on the Efficacy, Effectiveness, and Harms of Traditional Chinese Medicine


Publishing date
23 Aug 2013
Status
Published
Submission deadline
31 May 2013

Lead Editor

1School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2Cancer Research UK & UCL Cancer Trials Centre, University College London, London, UK

3The China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing, China

4PhD, Assistant Professor in Epidemiology, School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, P R China


Improving Research on the Efficacy, Effectiveness, and Harms of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Description

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is one of the major schools of complementary and alternative medicine. It is important to demonstrate its clinical effects including efficacy, effectiveness, and harms. However, conducting clinical trials in TCM is often more challenging than in conventional medicine for its diagnostic and therapeutic complexities. The number of clinical trials and systematic reviews on TCM has increased over the past decade and so has criticism on their methodological rigor. We hope to compile a special issue that can provide guidance on design and reporting of TCM clinical research, focusing on clinical trials and systematic reviews of herbal medicine and acupuncture.

We would like to invite submissions of a wide range of articles, including original research and reviews that can inform researchers and/or stimulate debates, especially in the following areas although other relevant topics will also be considered. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Making TCM trials methodologically sound: Designing placebo controls, pharmacovigilance, studies of harms, real-world research, relevance of phase 4 trials, and methodological assessments of TCM trials with critiques on their strengths and weaknesses
  • Making TCM trials clinically relevant: Choosing PICOS (patient, intervention, comparator, outcome, setting), describing TCM defined diseases and interventions, comparing individualized and fixed therapy treatment, with examples and illustrations
  • Reviewing current studies on the effects of TCM: Current status of clinical trials and systematic reviews, including research trend, achievements, and problems. Lessons learnt from animal studies in evaluating effects of TCM are also welcome
  • Quality assessment, reporting of studies, and systematic reviews on the effects of TCM: Review of current quality assessment tools, methodological issues on systematic reviews, reporting standards for clinical trials and systematic reviews on Chinese herbal medicine and on acupuncture

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 657679
  • - Editorial

Improving Research on the Efficacy, Effectiveness, and Harms of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Jin-Ling Tang | Allan Hackshaw | ... | Vincent Chi-Ho Chung
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 587234
  • - Research Article

Investigation into the Influence of Physician for Treatment Based on Syndrome Differentiation

Lijie Jiang | Baoyan Liu | ... | Jia Liu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 812179
  • - Review Article

Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses of Traditional Chinese Medicine Must Search Chinese Databases to Reduce Language Bias

Xin-Yin Wu | Jin-Ling Tang | ... | Vincent C. H. Chung
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 697893
  • - Review Article

Observational Studies on Evaluating the Safety and Adverse Effects of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Jung-Nein Lai | Jin-Ling Tang | Jung-Der Wang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 870305
  • - Research Article

Patterns of Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnosis in Thermal Laser Acupuncture Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis

Lizhen Wang | Fan Wu | ... | Lixing Lao
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 620230
  • - Research Article

Lingmao Formula Combined with Entecavir for HBeAg-Positive Chronic Hepatitis B Patients with Mildly Elevated Alanine Aminotransferase: A Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial

Xiao-Jun Zhu | Xue-Hua Sun | ... | Yue-Qiu Gao
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 128030
  • - Review Article

Adaption and Application of the Four Phase Trials to Traditional Chinese Medicines

M. Y. Di | J. L. Tang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 250690
  • - Research Article

The Reporting Quality Assessment of Complex Interventions’ Articles in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Meng Wu | Jingqing Hu | Biaoyan Liu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 493521
  • - Review Article

Chinese Herbal Medicine for the Treatment of Prehypertension

Jie Wang | Bo Feng | ... | Xingjiang Xiong
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