Acupuncture in Fibromyalgia

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00010504
First received: February 2, 2001
Last updated: March 5, 2008
Last verified: March 2008
  Purpose

Fibromyalgia is the second most common rheumatic disorder, affecting approximately 8-10 million persons in the U.S., and is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain and soft tissue tenderness upon examination. This study focuses on the use of acupuncture as a mode of therapy for fibromyalgia. The issues under examination are: 1) the optimal duration of treatment, 2) the independent and synergistic effects of needle placement and needle stimulation, and 3) appropriate control strategies. The proposal utilizes a randomized, blinded, sham-controlled design to achieve these aims. Subjects are randomly assigned to one of four groups: 1)active site with stimulation, 2) active site, without stimulation, 3) sham site with stimulation, and 4) sham site, without stimulation. All subjects will receive acupuncture at escalating frequency, beginning at once per week and ending at 3 times per week. This "forced titration" design allows for the detection of inter-subject differences in responsiveness to acupuncture, as well as the factors which may predict responsiveness (or lack thereof). Secondary goals of the study are to collect data on the mechanism, safety, and cost-effectiveness of acupuncture in fibromyalgia, and to determine the optimal outcome measures, for a full scale research clinical trial.


Condition Intervention Phase
Fibromyalgia
Pain
Procedure: Acupuncture
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Pilot Study of Acupuncture in Fibromyalgia

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Further study details as provided by National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM):

Study Start Date: August 2000
Estimated Study Completion Date: July 2003
  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Must be a resident of the Washington DC area.
  • Having met ACR criteria for fibromyalgia.
  • Continued widespread pain for more than 50% of days.
  • Willing to limit the introduction of any new medications or treatment modalities for control of fibromyalgia symptoms during the 13 weeks of active treatment.
  • Able to travel to acupuncture site up to 3 times per week.
  • Capable of giving informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Knowledge of acupuncture sufficient to prevent "blinding" of the subject.
  • Presence of a known coagulation abnormality that would prevent safe use of acupuncture.
  • Presence of a concurrent autoimmune or inflammatory disease that causes pain.
  • Routine daily use of narcotic analgesics or history of substance abuse.
  • Participation in other concurrent therapeutic trials.
  • Pregnant or nursing mothers.
  • Disability insurance payments.
  • Ongoing litigation related to fibromyalgia.
  • Contraindication for the use of acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
  • Any impairment, activity, or situation that in the judgement of the Study Coordinator would prevent satisfactory completion of the study protocol.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00010504

Locations
United States, District of Columbia
Georgetown University
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, 20007
Sponsors and Collaborators
Investigators
Study Director: Thomas R. Cupps, M.D. Georgetown University
  More Information

No publications provided

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00010504     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00006338
Other Study ID Numbers: R01 AT000004-01M, R01 AT000004-01
Study First Received: February 2, 2001
Last Updated: March 5, 2008
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM):
acupuncture
fibromyalgia
pain
analgesia

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Fibromyalgia
Myofascial Pain Syndromes
Muscular Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on October 23, 2014