Adverse event reporting in studies of penetrating acupuncture during pregnancy: a systematic review

Clarkson, Carl, O'Mahony, Deborah and Jones, Diana (2015) Adverse event reporting in studies of penetrating acupuncture during pregnancy: a systematic review. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 94 (5). pp. 453-464. ISSN 0001-6349

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Background - Acupuncture within pregnancy has frequently been investigated, often with finding this to be more effective than standard care. However, the adverse event severity, types and occurrence are unclear.

Objective - To investigate the quality of reporting adverse events and to attempt to identify occurrence, type and severity of adverse events in acupuncture and non-acupuncture groups.

Results - Overall quality of reporting of adverse events was poor, with information describing the adverse events often lacking in detail. A number of trends were noted: adverse events occurring within a treatment session was 3%-17% in the acupuncture groups and 4-25% in the non-acupuncture groups. The percentage of women affected by an adverse event was between 14%-17% in the acupuncture groups and 15-19% in non-acupuncture groups.

Conclusions - Adverse event reporting within acupuncture trials is generally poor. The trends noted were that adverse events do occur, but would appear to be largely minor and comparable to non-acupuncture related interventions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Acupuncture, pregnancy, adverse events, safety, harms, systematic review
Subjects: B300 Complementary Medicine
B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2015 15:51
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 04:48

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