Condition category
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Date applied
24/08/2005
Date assigned
04/11/2005
Last edited
01/11/2013
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Not provided at time of registration

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Prof Suzanne McDonough

ORCID ID

Contact details

14J15
Rehabilitation Sciences Research Institute
University of Ulster
Shore Road
Newtown Abbey
County Antrim
BT37 0QB
United Kingdom
+44 (0)28 90 366459
S.McDonough@ulster.ac.uk

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

1

Study information

Scientific title

Acronym

ACLBP

Study hypothesis

1. To compare the effectiveness of traditional chinese acupuncture, based on traditional Chinese medical (TCM) diagnosis, with moxibustion/cupping if necessary, with Western acupuncture based on Western diagnosis, without moxibustion/cupping, for chronic non-specific chronic low back pain
2. To explore whether intensive acupuncture treatment frequencies i.e. 5 treatments/week can achieve better treatment effects than 2 treatments/week, for non-specific low back pain

Ethics approval

Not provided at time of registration

Study design

Randomised controlled trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Other

Trial type

Treatment

Patient information sheet

Condition

Non-specific low back pain

Intervention

1. Traditional Chinese acupuncture (with moxibustion and cupping if necessary)
2. Western acupuncture

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Applicable

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Visual analogue scale (VAS)

Secondary outcome measures

1. Functional disability
2. Quality of life
3. Psychological impact
4. Shuttle walk test
5. Lateral trunk flexibility

Overall trial start date

01/09/2005

Overall trial end date

01/12/2005

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

1. Non-specific acute or chronic low back pain (LBP) as the chief complaint, with or without leg pain
2. Age between 18-60 years and of both genders

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

40

Participant exclusion criteria

1. History of disc or spine surgery
2. Sciatica
3. Neurological disorders and possible serious pathological back problem
4. Systemic bone or joint disorders (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis)
5. Pregnancy
6. Dementia
7. Severe clotting disorders or anticoagulant therapy
8. Epilepsy
9. Systemic or visceral disease
10. Current use of systemic corticosteroids, muscle relaxants, narcotic medications
11. Overt psychiatric illness
12. Receiving acupuncture treatment within the past 6 months
13. Unemployment or having current pending compensation claims
14. Other acute orthopaedic or medical problems

Recruitment start date

01/09/2005

Recruitment end date

01/12/2005

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

14J15, Rehabilitation Sciences Research Institute
County Antrim
BT37 0QB
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

University of Ulster (UK)

Sponsor details

Vice Chancellor Scholarship
Research office
University of Ulster
County Antrim
BT37 0QB
United Kingdom
+44 (0)28 90366629
n.curry@ulster.ac.uk

Sponsor type

University/education

Website

http://research.ulster.ac.uk/

Funders

Funder type

University/education

Funder name

University of Ulster (UK) - Vice Chancellor Scholarship (VCRS)

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

Intention to publish date

Participant level data

Not provided at time of registration

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

2009 results in: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19398066

Publication citations

  1. Results

    Yuan J, Purepong N, Hunter RF, Kerr DP, Park J, Bradbury I, McDonough S, Different frequencies of acupuncture treatment for chronic low back pain: an assessor-blinded pilot randomised controlled trial., Complement Ther Med, 2009, 17, 3, 131-140, doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2008.10.003.

Additional files

Editorial Notes