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A feasibility trial of acupuncture in cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy treatment

Hughes, J; Gyertson, K; Carballo, L; Plant, H; Sharman, M; Ruane, K; Mendoza-Naranjo, A; ... Fisher, P; + view all (2021) A feasibility trial of acupuncture in cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy treatment. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice , 43 , Article 101372. 10.1016/j.ctcp.2021.101372.

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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.

Type: Article
Title: A feasibility trial of acupuncture in cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy treatment
Location: England
DOI: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2021.101372
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2021.101372
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Radiotherapy, Acupuncture training, Feasibility trial, Cancer, Acupuncture, Pragmatic trial
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Cancer Institute > CRUK Cancer Trials Centre
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Cancer Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10148269
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