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The Effect of Acupuncture Treatment on the Perception of Pain and Coping With Pain

This study has been completed.
Assaf-Harofeh Medical Center
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Sheba Medical Center Identifier:
First received: August 29, 2006
Last updated: July 19, 2009
Last verified: July 2009
The Purpose of this study is to evaluate whether cognitive and emotional components take part in the positive acupuncture effect on pain.

Condition Intervention
Pain Procedure: acupuncture

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Pilot Study on the Effect of Acupuncture Treatment on Pain Perception and on the Ability to Cope With Pain

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Enrollment: 41
Study Start Date: May 2006
Study Completion Date: May 2007
Detailed Description:

The effect of acupuncture on pain intensity has been already investigated and confirmed. Recent publication (Pariente J., et a., 2005) indicated that acupuncture may affect midbrain areas, that are associated with cognitive control of pain.

The Pain Self Regulation Model (Levental, 1980)distinguishes between emotional response pain representations and cognitive pain representations. According to this model, emotional and cognitive pain representations leads to a new (cognitive or emotional) evaluation of the pain, that affects its perception and the ability to cope with it (Levental at al., 2001).

This study will try to assess the hypothesis that acupuncture treatment is involved in this process.

The study is designed as pilot study, limited to 45 patients.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
41 consequtive patients with chronic musculosckeletal pain

Inclusion Criteria:

  • patients suffering from pain,who are reffered for acupuncture treatment,and consented to participate in this study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • children under 18 years of age
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00369902

Sheba Hospital,
Ramat Gan, Israel
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sheba Medical Center
Assaf-Harofeh Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Dorit Gamus, M.D., Ph.D. Sheba Hospital, Tel Hashomer, ISRAEL
  More Information Identifier: NCT00369902     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SHEBA-05-3817-OG-CTIL
Study First Received: August 29, 2006
Last Updated: July 19, 2009

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