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Abstract Title:

Acupuncture for Improving Cognitive Impairment After Stroke: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials.

Abstract Source:

Front Psychol. 2020 ;11:549265. Epub 2020 Nov 30. PMID: 33424671

Abstract Author(s):

Liang Zhou, Yao Wang, Jun Qiao, Qing Mei Wang, Xun Luo

Article Affiliation:

Liang Zhou


This meta-analysis evaluated the efficacy of acupuncture in improving cognitive impairment of post-stroke patients.Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) investigating the effects of acupuncture compared with no treatment or sham acupuncture on post-stroke cognitive impairment (PSCI) before December 2019 were identified from databases (PubMed, EMBASE, Ovid library, Cochrane Library, Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure, VIP Chinese Periodical Database, Wanfang Database, and SinoMed). The literature searching and data extracting were independently performed by two investigators. Study quality was assessed using the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions. Meta-analyses were performed for the eligible RCTs with Revman 5.3 software.Thirty-seven RCTs (2,869 patients) were included in this meta-analysis. Merged Random-effects estimates of the gain of MMSE (Mini-Mental State Examination) or MoCA (Montreal Cognitive Assessment) were calculated for the comparison of acupuncture with no acupuncture or sham acupuncture. Following 2-8 weeks of intervention with acupuncture, pooled results demonstrated significant effects of acupuncture in improving PSCI assessed by MMSE (MD [95% CI] = 2.88 [2.09, 3.66],<0.00001) or MoCA (MD [95% CI] = 2.66 [1.95, 3.37],<0.00001).The results suggest that acupuncture was effective in improving PSCI and supported the needs of more rigorous design with large-scale randomized clinical trials to determine its therapeutic benefits.

Study Type : Meta Analysis
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Therapeutic Actions : Acupuncture : CK(4157) : AC(467)

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