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The Use of Narrative in Public Health Research and Practice: Patient Experience of Wellness Acupuncture

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00200733
Recruitment Status : Terminated
First Posted : September 20, 2005
Last Update Posted : August 18, 2006
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
This study examined the experiences of individuals undergoing acupuncture to gather information on patient-provider communication and on the therapeutic effects of acupuncture.

Condition or disease
Pain Depression Fatigue

Detailed Description:
Authentic voice is a approach involving the use of first-hand narratives from members of a target population in order to accomplish public health goals. In the first paper, a discussion of the potential of using narratives from the target population as 1) a direct intervention; 2) a form of persuasive communications; and 3) a source of information for research into various topics. The main premise is that traditional narrative methods can be adapted to the public health context by providing the narrator with the topic of the narrative. The second paper examines the patient experience of acupuncture using narrative drawn from interviews with and letters from acupuncture patients using a content oriented approach. The third paper examines the importance of meaning shift over the course of acupuncture treatment and demonstrates the usefulness of patient narratives as a data source for examining meaning. Findings include the need for intervention studies comparing authentic voice approaches to existing health communication tools for effectiveness in creating attitude and behavior change efficiently. Authentic voice approaches also need to be researched to understand and systematize concepts such as validity in relation to target-group derived narratives. Effectiveness of authentic voice for advocacy and research should also be further tested. Concerning acupuncture, the second and third papers show that acupuncture patients report a variety of benefits far wider than previously reported in the literature. Study designs should consider this wide range of benefits when assessing acupuncture outcome. Meaning shift is also reported by acupuncture patients and may play an important (but non-specific) role in the healing associated with acupuncture.

Study Design

Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 30 participants
Time Perspective: Longitudinal
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: The Use of Narrative in Public Health Research and Practice: Patient Experience of Wellness Acupuncture
Study Start Date : June 2003
Estimated Study Completion Date : March 2004

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MedlinePlus related topics: Acupuncture
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Groups and Cohorts

Outcome Measures

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • individuals seeking acupuncture from private practice in Baltimore/Washington metro area.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • prior patients
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00200733

Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Principal Investigator: Mark A Stibich, PhD Johns Hokins School of Public Health
More Information

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00200733     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: F31AT000789-01 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: September 20, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 18, 2006
Last Verified: December 2005

Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):
patient narratives
qualitative methods

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Signs and Symptoms