Set Point Acupuncture for Migraines Using a Digital Assistant (SPAMDA)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 14, 2008
Last Update Posted : July 12, 2013
United States Department of Defense
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Memorial Medical Center

Brief Summary:
The object of this research study is to test a standardized set of acupuncture points on migraine patients to reduce frequency and intensity of headaches. Acupuncture has been studied in prior research but the treatment points have varied between subjects, making it difficult to replicate studies.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Migraine Headaches Procedure: acupuncture Phase 1

Detailed Description:
Subjects will be recording daily headache activity on personal digital assistants (PDA's) for 12 weeks before and 12 weeks after 8 weeks of acupuncture intervention. MIDAS, HIT-6 and BDI-II measurements will be done at the beginning of the study (12 weeks pre-intervention), directly before the intervention, directly after, and 12 weeks post-intervention. Measurements will be compared before and after intervention. This is a follow-up to a successful earlier study when these same acupuncture points were used on subjects with chronic daily headache, the majority being migraine.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 50 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Set Point Acupuncture for Migraines Using a Digital Assistant
Study Start Date : July 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : January 2011
Actual Study Completion Date : January 2011

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Arm Intervention/treatment
1 Procedure: acupuncture
8 weeks of acupuncture, starting with twice a week for 4 weeks, followed by once a week for 4 weeks, using 8 standardized, bilateral acupuncture points.
Other Name: Migraines

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. If a standard set of acupuncture points delivered over a set time frame, reduces the frequency and intensity of headaches in a population of migraine sufferers. [ Time Frame: 32 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Measurements of the impact of acupuncture intervention will be detected when baseline measurements of frequency and severity of headaches is compared to measurements taken 12 weeks after the last acupuncture session. MIDAS, HIT-6, BDI-II and SF-12 scores [ Time Frame: 32 weeks ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male and female subjects between the ages of 21 years and 65 years of age
  • Subjects with a history of migraine headaches for at least 12 months
  • Subjects who have not received acupuncture for any medical condition in the past 6 months.
  • A negative pregnancy test for childbearing females since some acupuncture points may be contraindicated in pregnancy. Pregnancy tests will be conducted at MMC.
  • Subjects willing and able to use a PDA daily for data collection

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects who plan to receive acupuncture treatment for any other type of medical condition while enrolled in this protocol
  • Subjects with the presence of organic pathology (i.e., brain tumor)
  • Subjects who have the presence of a systemic disorder or illness, including serious psychiatric illness
  • Subjects who began a new headache treatment less than two weeks before proposed enrollment date
  • Subjects who are pregnant, lactating, or planning to become pregnant within 6 months
  • Subjects that use alcohol on a regular basis
  • Subjects that use recreational drugs
  • Subjects that have a cardiac pacemaker
  • Subjects that use analgesics on more than 10 days per month
  • Subjects that exercise prophylactic headache treatment with drugs during the past 4 weeks

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00714727

United States, Pennsylvania
John P Murtha Neuroscience and Pain Institute
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, United States, 15904
Sponsors and Collaborators
Memorial Medical Center
United States Department of Defense
Principal Investigator: Sharon Plank, MD, LAc John P. Murtha Neuroscience and Pain Institute

Responsible Party: Memorial Medical Center Identifier: NCT00714727     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MMC 07-12
First Posted: July 14, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 12, 2013
Last Verified: September 2009

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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Migraine Disorders
Headache Disorders, Primary
Headache Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurologic Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms