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

This study has been terminated.
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National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Identifier:
First received: September 12, 2005
Last updated: August 17, 2006
Last verified: December 2005
This study examined the experiences of individuals undergoing acupuncture to gather information on patient-provider communication and on the therapeutic effects of acupuncture.


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Longitudinal
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: The Use of Narrative in Public Health Research and Practice: Patient Experience of Wellness Acupuncture

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Further study details as provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: June 2003
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2004
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.

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 identifier: 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 Identifier: NCT00200733     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: F31AT000789-01 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: September 12, 2005
Last Updated: August 17, 2006

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

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