The Institute convened a workshop in July 2011, to jump-start the creation of an effectiveness guidance document (EGD), a set of guidelines that will steer the design of comparative effectiveness studies of acupuncture.
Institute Scholar Claudia Witt, MD, facilitated the consensus process among stakeholders and authored the EDG, which was published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Comparative effectiveness research (CER) methods are new to many integrative medicine researchers. EGDs outline best practices and ensure uniformity in the way that studies are conducted.
This workshop was an outcome of the Symposium on the Evidentiary Framework for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, where the Institute initiated a dialogue on the potential for CER to produce valuable evidence for integrative medicine.