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Can acupuncture be quantified. This study sets out to observe if there are measurable effects of fine motor control that are attributable to acupuncture. The study utilizes an FDA approved medical device for measurements of fine motor control called the RU-Fit.


Clinical Trial Description

Context: Currently there is a high demand for evidence-based research in the field of Acupuncture. The medical practice of acupuncture has existed for thousands of years and purportedly has been successful at managing a wide array of health conditions. Producing objective/quantitative data that rule out any possibility of placebo effect has proved burdensome.

Objectives: This exploratory study seeks to determine if physiological measurements of fine motor control can be changed after receiving an acupuncture treatment. Can this change demonstrate the effectiveness of the treatment? Design, Setting, Participants, Interventions: This study looked at acupuncture patients undergoing treatments for pain relief, and general minor injury to determine whether or not observable changes could be detected in the fine motor control of the hands after acupuncture treatments.

Two groups of 50 subjects were used in the study. The test group was given a fine motor control test prior to and after their acupuncture therapy to determine if any changes could be measured.

The control group was given two fine motor control tests without acupuncture treatment with a 40 minute delay between the tests to replicate the test group timing. This study was conducted at a non-profit community clinic between the dates of 9/28/16 & 2/19/17. ;


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NCT number NCT03459872
Study type Observational [Patient Registry]
Source Community Medical Foundation for Patient Safety
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Status Completed
Phase N/A
Start date September 28, 2016
Completion date February 19, 2017

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