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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

The Chinese Cochrane Centre, China
Acupuncture for Dysphagia in Acute Stroke

Xie, Y., Wang, L., et al. (2008).
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews(3).

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question Yes
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality Yes
Quality assessments are reproducible Yes

Description: This is a systematic review of randomized controlled trials investigating acupuncture for dysphagia in acute stroke.

Question(s) Addressed:

What is the therapeutic effect of acupuncture for dysphagia after acute stroke compared with placebo, sham or no acupuncture intervention?

Population: Individuals with acute stroke

Intervention/Assessment: Acupuncture

Number of Studies Included: 1

Years Included: 1966 - 2007



  • At this time, limited evidence exists for the therapeutic effects of acupuncture for dysphagia in acute stroke patients.

Keywords: Stroke, Swallowing Disorders

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Added to Compendium: December 2011

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