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Acupuncture for Promotion of Timely Delivery

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00379327
First Posted: September 21, 2006
Last Update Posted: November 18, 2010
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Information provided by:
University of Pennsylvania
  Purpose
The purpose of this study of 100 pregnant women is to determine if acupuncture using real needles that puncture the skin, starting at thirty seven weeks three days estimated gestational age (EGA), will increase the percentage of women delivering on or before the estimated date of confinement (EDC = 40 weeks EGA), compared with women treated identically but with placebo needles that do not puncture the skin.

Condition Intervention Phase
Delivery, Obstetric Procedure: Acupuncture Device: Non-puncturing Acupuncture Needle Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Acupuncture for Promotion of Timely Delivery

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Further study details as provided by University of Pennsylvania:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • timely delivery -- deliver on or before the EDC

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • State-Trait Anxiety Index, a self-administered questionnaire for assessment of anxiety
  • Short Form 36, a self-administered questionnaire for assessment of quality of life status
  • Modified Bishop's Score obtained to assess cervical ripening
  • Maternal and newborn outcomes

Enrollment: 103
Study Start Date: January 2006
Study Completion Date: August 2007
Primary Completion Date: August 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Real Accupuncture
Acupuncture with a real needle that punctures the skin versus acupuncture needle that does not puncture the skin.
Procedure: Acupuncture
Acupuncture administered in last three weeks of pregnancy
Other Name: Asia Medicine Produces needle
Placebo Comparator: Non-puncturing Acupuncture
Acupuncture needle that touches but does not puncture the skin
Device: Non-puncturing Acupuncture Needle
Streitsberg non-Acupuncture Needle
Other Name: Asia Medicine produces this needle

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  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   15 Years to 50 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. A singleton pregnancy in cephalic presentation
  2. Between 34 and 37 weeks gestation
  3. Their pregnancy dating (due date) confirmed by at least one first or second trimester ultrasound
  4. No fetal or maternal contraindications to vaginal delivery
  5. No contraindication to carry to EDC (40w 0d)
  6. Have the capacity to understand the requirements of the study

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Without adequate information of dating
  2. High risk of Cesarean Delivery
  3. Currently receiving acupuncture outside of study
  4. Uncertainty of gestational age dating (according to the chart documentation)
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00379327


Locations
United States, Delaware
St. Francis Hospital
Wilmington, Delaware, United States, 19805
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pennsylvania
Investigators
Study Director: John T Farrar, MD, PhD University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator: Rebecca A Greenberg, MD University of Pennsylvania
  More Information

Publications:
Responsible Party: Pamela Caudil, Executive Director, Office of Research Services, P-221 Franklin Bldg. 3451 Walnut Street, Phila, PA
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00379327     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AcuPTD-100
First Submitted: September 19, 2006
First Posted: September 21, 2006
Last Update Posted: November 18, 2010
Last Verified: October 2010

Keywords provided by University of Pennsylvania:
Pregnancy
Acupuncture
Pregnancy Outcome
Randomized Controlled Trial
Double-Blind Method