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Research: Comparative Costs

  • Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) in the United States
    Written cooperatively by the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) and the Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR), this document presents a general background on the field of acupuncture as it relates to traditional Chinese medicine and, in addition, provides information on the safety and cost-effectiveness of this intervention as well as the education and entry level requirements for the profession. Further, the AAAOM and SAR jointly request that fully trained and licensed professionals in the field of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) participate in the dialogues that develop healthcare policies and reform at the national level.
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  • Economic Evaluation in Acupuncture: Past and Future
    As health care reform continues to be the nation’s priority, we are pleased to introduce an important article entitled "Economic Evaluation in Acupuncture,” written by Michael Jabbour, LAc, MS. This article profiles a recent study on both the cost effectiveness and cost benefits of acupuncture. This is an in-depth view of the financial value of acupuncture in the current U.S. health care system.
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  • Integrative Program May Negate Need for Spinal Stimulator
    A multimodal, integrative medicine approach (that includes acupuncture) to patients with chronic pain referred for implantation of a spinal cord stimulator shows efficacy in decreasing pain to such an extent that patients could forgo the implantation, according to research presented here at the American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM) 23rd Annual Clinical Meeting.
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  • Paradoxes in Acupuncture Research: Strategies for Moving Forward
    Some of the challenges associated with acupuncture research are identified in this paper. The authors suggest a two-phase approach--"top down" whole-system approaches and "bottom up" studies to determine mechanisms of action.



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