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Responses to the Acupuncture Trialists' Collaboration individual patient data meta-analysis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23449559     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In September 2012 the Acupuncture Trialists' Collaboration published the results of an individual patient data meta-analysis of almost 18 000 patients in high quality randomised trials. The results favoured acupuncture. Although there was little argument about the findings in the scientific press, a controversy played out in blog posts and the lay press. This controversy was characterised by ad hominem remarks, anonymous criticism, phony expertise and the use of opinion to contradict data, predominantly by self-proclaimed sceptics. There was a near complete absence of substantive scientific critique. The lack of any reasoned debate about the main findings of the Acupuncture Trialists' Collaboration paper underlines the fact that mainstream science has moved on from the intellectual sterility and ad hominem attacks that characterise the sceptics' movement.
Andrew J Vickers; Alexandra C Maschino; George Lewith; Hugh MacPherson; Karen J Sherman; Claudia M Witt;
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acupuncture in medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society     Volume:  31     ISSN:  1759-9873     ISO Abbreviation:  Acupunct Med     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-03-01     Completed Date:  2013-08-12     Revised Date:  2014-06-27    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9304117     Medline TA:  Acupunct Med     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  98-100     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Acupuncture Therapy*
Biomedical Research*
Cooperative Behavior*
Dissent and Disputes*
Meta-Analysis as Topic
Treatment Outcome
Grant Support
P30 CA008748/CA/NCI NIH HHS; R01 AT006794/AT/NCCAM NIH HHS; R01 AT006794/AT/NCCAM NIH HHS; RP-PG-0707-10186//Department of Health

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