The development of reporting guidelines for acupuncture systematic review




Poster session 5


Thursday 27 October 2016 - 10:30 to 11:00


All authors in correct order:

Wang X1, Shi X2, Yu Y3, Wei L1, Liu Y1, Yang K1
1 1.Evidence-Based Medicine Center, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Lanzhou University; 2.Key Laboratory of Evidence-Based Medicine and Knowledge Translation of Gansu Province; 3.Chinese GRADE Center, China
2 Gansu Rehabilitation Center Hospital, Lanzhou 730000, China
3 School of Basic Medical Sciences, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000, China
Presenting author and contact person

Presenting author:

Xiaoqin Wang

Contact person:

Abstract text
Background: Acupuncture is becoming increasingly popular around the world, and the number of acupuncture systematic reviews/meta-analyses(SR/MAs) is increasing rapidly. However, the reporting quality of SR/MAs is poor and no criteria can be used to standardize their reporting at present.

Objectives: To develop an extension of the PRISMA statement for acupuncture to improve the reporting quality of acupuncture SR/MAs.

Methods: We applied a four-step method including:
1. assessment of acupuncture SR/MAs and relevant reporting guidelines;
2. investigation the information needed from the perspective of clinicians, researchers, masters and doctors;
3. employ three rounds of a Delphi process to select items; and
4. conduct a face-to-face meeting.

Results: Seven initial items were collected. A total of 269 respondents were surveyed and 251 (93%) with complete data were analyzed at the second step. This showed a low satisfaction with the reporting quality of acupuncture SR/MAs. Ten items from the previous steps were circulated to those participating in the Delphi process - we invited 34 experts and 29 agreed to participate. We have finished the first two rounds of the Delphi process, and the third round and face-to-face meeting will be conducted in the following two months. The final items will be presented at the Colloquium.

Conclusions: With comments from evidence users and a review of acupuncture SR/MAs, we captured the main problems and found that the reporting quality of acupuncture SR/MAs cannot satisfy evidence users. Development of a reporting guideline with rigorous methods might help to improve the problem.