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Can Acupuncture Benefit Surgical Patients With Haemorrhagic Stroke?

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
George KC Wong, Chinese University of Hong Kong Identifier:
First received: December 22, 2009
Last updated: January 10, 2013
Last verified: January 2013
The purpose is to establish whether acupuncture in addition to conventional rehabilitation programme can improve the functional outcome and quality of life of surgical patients with haemorrhagic stroke, as compared to conventional rehabilitation programme alone.

Condition Intervention Phase
Procedure: Acupuncture
Procedure: Conventional rehabilitation
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Can Acupuncture Benefit Surgical Patients With Haemorrhagic Stroke?

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Further study details as provided by Chinese University of Hong Kong:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Glasgow Outcome Scale Extended [ Time Frame: Six week ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Functional Independence Measure (FIM) score [ Time Frame: Six week ]
  • Modified Aschoff Score [ Time Frame: Six week ]
  • Neurocognitive State Examination(NCSE)score [ Time Frame: Six week ]
  • Motor scores of upper limb and lower limb with Fugl-Meyer Scale [ Time Frame: six week ]
  • Modified Functional Ambulation Category (MFAC) [ Time Frame: Six week ]
  • Modified Rivermead Mobility Index (MRMI) [ Time Frame: Six week ]
  • Barthel Index [ Time Frame: Six week ]
  • Modified Rankin Scale [ Time Frame: Six week ]

Enrollment: 55
Study Start Date: January 2009
Study Completion Date: September 2012
Primary Completion Date: September 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Acupuncture
Acupuncture and conventional rehabilitation
Procedure: Acupuncture
Acupuncture from physiotherapist (with accredited training in acupuncture) in Shatin Hospital, three sessions per week for six weeks, and each session 30 minutes.
Active Comparator: Control
Conventional rehabilitation only
Procedure: Conventional rehabilitation
In-patient physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

Detailed Description:

The investigators aim to recruit 60 patients over a 30 month period. Each patient will have six week of acupuncture treatment (either early within the first six week, or delayed after the first six week of observation and assessment of primary outcome).

Primary outcome measures:

Clinical outcome at the end of week 6 acupuncture treatment: Glasgow Outcome Score extended.

Secondary outcome measures:

Modified Rankin Score, Functional Independence Measure (FIM) score, Modified Aschoff Score, Neurocognitive State Examination (NCSE) score, Barthel index, Modified Rivermead Mobility Index (MRMI), Modified Functional Ambulation Category (MFAC) and motor scores of upper limb and lower limb with Fugl-Meyer Scale at the end of week six acupuncture treatment.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Patient inclusion Criteria:

  1. Patients after acute hemorrhagic stroke;
  2. Within the first month after acute presentation;
  3. Premorbid mobility level: Independent Indoor or Outdoor Walker;
  4. Co-operative and willing to comply with the rehabilitation program;

Patient exclusion Criteria:

  1. Cardiac Pacemaker;
  2. Patient who is apprehensive to acupuncture;
  3. Clotting abnormality;
  4. Poor local skin conditions.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01037894

China, Hong Kong
Prince of Wales Hospital
Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, 852
Sponsors and Collaborators
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Principal Investigator: George KC Wong Division of Neurosurgery, CUHK
  More Information

Responsible Party: George KC Wong, Professor (Clinical), Chinese University of Hong Kong Identifier: NCT01037894     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: GW003
Study First Received: December 22, 2009
Last Updated: January 10, 2013

Keywords provided by Chinese University of Hong Kong:
Acupuncture,Intracerebral hemorrhage, Stroke

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases processed this record on May 23, 2017