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Chin J Integr Med. 2016 Jan;22(1):73-9. doi: 10.1007/s11655-015-2121-6. Epub 2016 Jan 5.

Consensus-based recommendations for case report in Chinese medicine (CARC).

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1
Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin, 300193, China.
2
School of Chinese Medicine, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR, China.
3
Second Affiliated Hospital of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin, 300150, China.
4
China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing, 100700, China.
5
Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin, 300193, China. shanghongcai@foxmail.com.
6
Key Laboratory of Chinese Internal Medicine of Ministry of Education and Beijing, Dongzhimen Hospital, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing, 100700, China. shanghongcai@foxmail.com.
7
Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin, 300193, China. bzxiang@hkbu.edu.hk.
8
School of Chinese Medicine, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR, China. bzxiang@hkbu.edu.hk.

Abstract

Case reports are valuable clinical evidence in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). However, the general reporting quality is suboptimal. A working group comprising 20 members was set up to develop systematic recommendations on case report in Chinese medicine (CARC). The working group (CARC group) developed a primary checklist based on reviewing the general reporting quality of case reports in TCM and thorough internal discussion. Two-round consensus process had been carried out among clinical experts, evidence-based medicine methodologists, medical journal editors and clinical practitioners with designated questionnaire embedded with the primary checklist. In total, 118 participants from 17 provinces of China and Korea completed the questionnaires. Their feedback was analyzed and discussed by the CARC group. The checklist was amended accordingly, and the final version, comprising 16-item, is presented here. Under the framework of CARC recommendations, the reporting quality of case reports in TCM can be improved.

KEYWORDS:

Chinese medicine; case report; reporting recommendations

PMID:
26729045
DOI:
10.1007/s11655-015-2121-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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