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Chin J Integr Med. 2018 Apr;24(4):260-264. doi: 10.1007/s11655-018-2798-4. Epub 2018 Apr 25.

Defining Acupuncture-Moxibustion: A Delphi Study Protocol.

Author information

1
China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing, 100700, China. baoyanjournal@163.com.
2
Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing, 100029, China.
3
Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing, 100700, China.
4
Institute of Basic Research in Clinical Medicine, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing, 100700, China.
5
College of Acupuncture and Orthopedics, Hubei University of Chinese Medicine, Wuhan, 430065, China.
6
Institute of Information on Traditional Chinese Medicine, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing, 100700, China.
7
Research Center of Experimental Acupuncture Science, Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin, 300193, China.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

With the worldwide use and modern development of acupuncture-moxibustion, there is disagreement on its basic definition. There has been an obstacle for clinical practice, research, and legislation. Considering this challenge, the World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies proposes to develop the definition and basic scope of acupuncture-moxibustion with a Delphi study.

METHODS:

A reactive Delphi method will be used to ask a group of experts to rate the relevance and clarity of a predesigned initial item list. This list was generated by the steering committee through a literature review and group discussion. Forty experts will be selected from many disciplines and continents to ensure appropriate representation. Predefined rules will be applied to modify the items until a consensus is achieved. After achieving the consensus on all items through the survey round, the steering committee will form the definition and basic scope of acupuncture-moxibustion by organizing a literal statement with a detailed explanation.

KEYWORDS:

Delphi method; acupuncture-moxibustion; definition; scope; study protocol

PMID:
29696522
DOI:
10.1007/s11655-018-2798-4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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