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|Title:||Pregnancy outcome following women's participation in a randomised controlled trial of acupuncture to treat nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy|
|Citation:||Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 2002; 10(2):78-83|
|C. Smith; C. Crowther; and J. Beilby|
|Abstract:||Objectives: Recent studies have concluded that acupuncture is safe in the hands of a qualified practitioner. This study assessed the risk of adverse effects of acupuncture administered during pregnancy. Methods: 593 women with nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy volunteered to participate in a randomised controlled trial, conducted at the Women's and Children's Hospital, in South Australia. Patients were given either traditional acupuncture, formula acupuncture, sham acupuncture or no acupuncture. Outcome Measures: Data were collected on perinatal outcome, congenital abnormalities, pregnancy complications and the newborn. Results: No differences were found between study groups in the incidence of perinatal outcome, congenital abnormalities, pregnancy complications and other infant outcomes. Conclusion: Our findings suggest that no serious adverse effects arise from acupuncture administered in early pregnancy.|
|Keywords:||Humans; Pregnancy Complications; Hyperemesis Gravidarum; Nausea; Pregnancy Outcome; Treatment Outcome; Acupuncture Therapy; Severity of Illness Index; Pregnancy; Pregnancy Trimester, First; Adult; Patient Participation; Patient Satisfaction; South Australia; Female|
|Description:||Copyright © 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.|
|Appears in Collections:||Obstetrics and Gynaecology publications|
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