A feasibility trial of acupuncture in cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy treatment

Hughes, John G. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4513-2395, Gyertson, Kylie, Carballo, Lallita, Plant, Hilary, Sharman, Mitch, Ruane, Katie, Mendoza-Naranjo, Ariadna, Hackshaw, Allan, Cummings, Mike, Edwards, Alex, Lewith, George and Fisher, Peter (2021) A feasibility trial of acupuncture in cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy treatment. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 43. p. 101372. ISSN 1744-3881

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Abstract

Objective
We conducted a feasibility trial of acupuncture in cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy treatment. The trial included training radiographers to deliver acupuncture within patients’ routine NHS care.

Methods
Mixed methods pragmatic randomized parallel-group exploratory feasibility trial comparing standard care to standard care plus acupuncture.

Results
Most aspects of the research design and acupuncture intervention were acceptable to the 101 participants. Participants’ valued the opportunity to receive acupuncture within their NHS care, perceived the treatment as eliciting a number of beneficial effects, and had a positive impact on their NHS cancer treatment. However, quantitative analysis of outcome measure data revealed no consistent significant differences between those receiving standard care and those receiving standard care plus acupuncture.

Conclusion
It is feasible to implement acupuncture in a busy radiotherapy unit provided by specially trained radiographers. The methodology employed appears acceptable for the evaluation of acupuncture for radiotherapy patients.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Radiotherapy, Acupuncture training, Feasibility trial, Cancer, Acupuncture, Pragmatic trial
Subjects: Medicine and health > Complementary medicine
Medicine and health
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Depositing User: John G. Hughes
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2021 17:43
Last Modified: 23 May 2022 08:33
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/8499

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