The reporting guideline for an acupuncture systematic review




Poster session 2 Thursday: Evidence synthesis - methods / improving conduct and reporting


Thursday 14 September 2017 - 12:30 to 14:00


All authors in correct order:

Wang X1, Zhou Q2, Shi X3, We L1, Chen Y1, Yang K1
1 Evidence-based Medicine Center, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000; Key Laboratory of Evidence-based Medicine and Knowledge Translation of Gansu Province, Lanzhou 730000; Chinese GRADE Center, Lanzhou 730000, China
2 The first hospital of Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, 730000, China
3 Gansu Rehabilitation Center Hospital, Lanzhou 730000, China
Presenting author and contact person

Presenting author:

Kehu Yang

Contact person:

Abstract text
Background: The number of acupuncture systematic reviews/ meta-analysis(SR/MAs) is increasing rapidly, whereas the reporting quality of SR/MAs is poor and we need reporting criteria to improve this situation.

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

Methods: We applied a 4-step method including: 1) assess acupuncture SR/MAs and relevant reporting guidelines; 2) investigate the information need from the perspectives of clinicians, researchers, masters and doctors; 3) employ a 3-round Delphi process to select items; and, 4) conduct a face-to-face meeting.

Results: Seven initial items were collected. 269 respondents were surveyed and 251(93%) with complete data were analysed at the second step, which showed a low satisfaction with the reporting quality of acupuncture SR/MAs. Ten items from previous steps were circulated to Delphi process, where 34 experts were invited and 29 agreed to participate. Fifteen items were included after the 3-round Delphi survey. On 12th October 2016, thirteen experts were invited to participate the face-to-face meeting, of whom all commented and approved the 15 extended items. We have finished all the work in December 2016, and formed a checklist with 15 extended items tailored for the acupuncture SR/MAs.

Conclusions: We combined the survey of evidence users, review of current acupuncture SR/MAs, the 3-round Delphi process and the face-to-face meeting to ensure the comprehensiveness, reliability, and practicability of the reporting critiria.