Title

Blinding and Controls in Postoperative Percutaneous Pain Management

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2013

Description

Excerpt: Gavronsky, Koeniger-Donohue, Steller, and Hawkins (2012) concluded that, 48 hours after major pelvic surgeries for cancer, the women in their study experienced equivalent pain relief from either manual acupuncture or percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. This statement was not supported by the study data because of the lack of blinding and insufficient controls. Despite the numerous strengths of the study, due to weaknesses in the study design with regard to blinding and control groups, the addition of acupuncture to percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation should not yet be ruled out as a method of obtaining enhanced pain relief.

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