Extending the CONSORT Statement to moxibustion

Chung Wah Cheng, Shu Fei Fu, Qing Hui Zhou, Tai Xiang Wu, Hong Cai Shang, Xu Dong Tang, Zhi Shun Liu, Jia Liu, Zhi Xiu Lin, Lixing Lao, Aiping LYU, Bo Li Zhang, Bao Yan Liu, Zhaoxiang BIAN*

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The STandards for Reporting Interventions in Clinical Trials Of Moxibustion (STRICTOM), in the form of a checklist and descriptions of checklist items, were designed to improve reporting of moxibustion trials, and thereby facilitating their interpretation and replication. The STRICTOM checklist included 7 items and 16 sub-items. These set out reporting guidelines for the moxibustion rationale, details of moxibustion, treatment regimen, other components of treatment, treatment provider background, control and comparator interventions, and precaution measures. In addition, there were descriptions of each item and examples of good reporting. It is intended that the STRICTOM can be used in conjunction with the main CONSORT Statement, extensions for nonpharmacologic treatment and pragmatic trials, and thereby raise the quality of reporting of clinical trials of moxibustion. Further comments will be solicited from the experts of the CONSORT Group, the STRICTA Group, acupuncture and moxibustion societies, and clinical trial authors for optimizing the STRICTOM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-63
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of integrative medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

User-Defined Keywords

  • Guidelines
  • Moxibustion
  • Randomized controlled trials


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