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

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00369902
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 30, 2006
Last Update Posted : July 21, 2009
Assaf-Harofeh Medical Center
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Sheba Medical Center

Brief Summary:
The Purpose of this study is to evaluate whether cognitive and emotional components take part in the positive acupuncture effect on pain.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Pain Procedure: acupuncture

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.

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 41 participants
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
Study Start Date : May 2006
Actual Study Completion Date : May 2007

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MedlinePlus related topics: Acupuncture

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
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 (NCT number): NCT00369902

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Sheba Hospital,
Ramat Gan, Israel
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sheba Medical Center
Assaf-Harofeh Medical Center
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Principal Investigator: Dorit Gamus, M.D., Ph.D. Sheba Hospital, Tel Hashomer, ISRAEL
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00369902    
Other Study ID Numbers: SHEBA-05-3817-OG-CTIL
First Posted: August 30, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 21, 2009
Last Verified: July 2009
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