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Medicine (Baltimore). 2019 Sep;98(37):e17109. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000017109.

Effect of acupoint therapies on chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting: A systematic review protocol.

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1
Department of Oncology, Guang'anmen Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences.
2
School of Graduates, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing.
3
Hospital of Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Sichuan, China.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Patients suffering from chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) might have negative adherence of treatment. Acupoint therapies, including acupuncture, acupressure, acupoints injection, massage, and moxibustion, are safe medical procedures with minimal side effects for CINV, but studies about overall safety and effectiveness of acupoint therapies have not been scientifically and methodically evaluated in recent years. Evaluating the overall safety and effectiveness of acupoint therapies in patients with CINV is the purpose of this review.

METHODS AND ANALYSIS:

Relevant randomized controlled trials (RCTSs) are being searched in the following electronic databases: PubMed, Cochrane Library, Web of Science, EMBASE, China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), Chinese Scientific Journal Database (VIP database), Wanfang Data Knowledge Service Platform, and Chinese Biomedical Literature Database (CBM). We will also attempt to obtain the unpublished academic data by contacting the colleague, professor, or Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The RCTs of the acupoint therapies for CINV patients will be searched in the databases from inception to July 2019. The primary outcomes are defined as severity, duration and frequency of nausea or vomiting, or both. The secondary outcomes are defined as any adverse events and quality of life. Performing the meta-analysis by using RevMan version 5 software. Mean difference (MD) or standardized mean difference (SMD) will express the continuous variables, while relative risk (RR) will express the categorical variables.

RESULTS:

The results of this review will provide a high-quality synthesis to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of acupoint therapies for CINV.

CONCLUSION:

This review will provide evidence to estimate whether acupoint therapies are effective interventions for CINV.

DISSEMINATION:

Evidence whether acupoint therapies are effective interventions for CINV will be provided by this systematic review. This knowledge will recommend better acupoint therapies and selections of acupoints which might be helpful in treating CINV. The findings of this systematic review will be disseminated via various forms of presentation and publication of the data in a journal or electronic databases.

PROSPERO REGISTRATION NUMBER:

CRD42019125538.

PMID:
31517844
PMCID:
PMC6750289
DOI:
10.1097/MD.0000000000017109
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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