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Acupuncture Combined With Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Are There Additional Benefits?

2014-07-23 21:09:24 | BioPortfolio

Summary

The hypothesis of this study was that acupuncture in conjunction with standard care of pulmonary rehabilitation improves outcome measures compared to pulmonary rehabilitation alone.

Description

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is recognized as a pivotal component in International Guidelines for the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In patients with COPD, clinical research using acupuncture has reported a significant reduction in the use of medications, decrease breathlessness and increased functional capacity. To our knowledge, this is the first time that these two treatments were combined to compare functional, physiological, biological and emotional/QOL outcomes in this cohort of patients.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Supportive Care

Conditions

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Intervention

Acupuncture, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Location

Beaumont Hospital
Beaumont
Dublin
Ireland
5

Status

Completed

Source

Beaumont Hospital

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:09:24-0400

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Hypertrophy and dilation of the RIGHT VENTRICLE of the heart that is caused by PULMONARY HYPERTENSION. This condition is often associated with pulmonary parenchymal or vascular diseases, such as CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE and PULMONARY EMBOLISM.

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