Summary of the Randomised Controlled Trials from the German Model Projects on Acupuncture for Chronic Pain

Three very large research programmes (“model programmes”) on acupuncture for chronic pain were conducted in
Germany in recent years. They included observational studies as well as various randomised controlled clinical trials
(RCTs). The results from the “sham”-controlled randomised trials and their clinical and methodological implications
have generated a great deal of debate among both acupuncturists and non-acupuncturists. This article briefly
summarises the designs and main results of the various RCTs from the German “model programmes”, and discusses
some of their implications.

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