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Effect of ear acupuncture on pregnancy‐related pain in the lower back and posterior pelvic girdle: A multicenter randomized clinical trial

Overview of attention for article published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, June 2019
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Title
Effect of ear acupuncture on pregnancy‐related pain in the lower back and posterior pelvic girdle: A multicenter randomized clinical trial
Published in
Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, June 2019
DOI 10.1111/aogs.13635
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Authors

Jorge Vas, María Carmen Cintado, José Manuel Aranda‐Regules, Inmaculada Aguilar, Francisco Rivas Ruiz

Abstract

Ear acupuncture carried out in primary care by trained midwives, with no specialist training in acupuncture, may be effective in alleviating pregnancy-related lower back and/or posterior pelvic girdle pain (LBPGP). The objective of this study was to assess the effect of ear acupuncture associated with standard obstetric care, in the primary care setting, on LBPGP experienced by pregnant women. This four-group, multicentre, randomised controlled trial was conducted at 18 public primary care centres in three regions in Spain, with the participation of 220 pregnant women at 24-36 weeks of gestation, aged 18 years or more, diagnosed with pregnancy-related LBPGP and who had not previously received ear acupuncture. The trial was conducted from March 2014 to December 2016. Participants were randomly assigned (1:1:1:1) to receive standard obstetric care plus two sessions (over two weeks) of verum ear acupuncture, or non-specific ear acupuncture, or placebo ear acupuncture, or standard obstetric care alone. The primary outcome was change in pain intensity, assessed using a visual analogue scale (0 to 100 mm) from baseline to the end of treatment (T2). Secondary outcomes included change or presence of pain at 3 months (T3) and at one year (T4) postpartum, and changes in responses to the Roland Morris disability questionnaire (RMDQ) and Short Form-12 Health Survey (SF-12) at the end of treatment. 55 women were randomised to each group, and 205 completed the study. With respect to baseline values, the reduction in pain intensity among the verum ear acupuncture group vs. Standard obstetric care was significantly greater, both at T2 (65.8%, 95%CI: 56.2-75.3 vs. 25.1%, 95%CI: 15.3-34.9) and at T3 (93.8%, 95%CI: 88.7-99.0 vs. 67.9%, 95%CI 55.3-80.5). Moreover, significant changes were found in the verum ear acupuncture group vs. standard obstetric care at T2, in reduced RMDQ scores (70.9%, 95%CI: 61.8-80.1 vs. 21.2%, 95%CI: 8.6-33.7) and in increased SF-12 scores on the physical scale (40.5%, 95%CI: 31.5-49.4 vs. 8.1%, 95%CI: 0.8-15.5). After two weeks' treatment, ear acupuncture, applied by midwives, and associated with standard obstetric care significantly reduces lumbar and pelvic pain in pregnant women, improves quality of life and reduces functional disability. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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Geographical breakdown

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Unknown 32 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 5 16%
Student > Bachelor 4 13%
Researcher 4 13%
Other 4 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 3 9%
Other 6 19%
Unknown 6 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 12 38%
Nursing and Health Professions 8 25%
Business, Management and Accounting 2 6%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 2 6%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 1 3%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 7 22%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 26. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 16 March 2020.
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#715,271
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Outputs from Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
#63
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#23,092
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Outputs of similar age from Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
#3
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