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Bringing Acute and Wellness Care to Underserved Populations Using Traditional Chinese Medicine

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified January 2010 by Chicago College of Oriental Medicine.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Inspire Tech Group
Information provided by:
Chicago College of Oriental Medicine Identifier:
First received: January 29, 2010
Last updated: February 1, 2010
Last verified: January 2010
At a time when there is so much focus in the United States on reducing the cost of health care delivery while maximizing the effectiveness of health care performance, Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture, herbal treatment, and accessory techniques) offers decision makers a tantalizing option. Traditional Chinese Medicine differs from its biomedical counterpart in that it is highly portable, inexpensive to administer, relies on a conversational diagnostic inquiry system to arrive at differential diagnosis for its patients, and has very few reported side effects associated with treatment. The World Health Organization cites acupuncture has a proven and effective treatment for 28 diseases/disorders including stroke, pain management issues and rheumatoid arthritis; the WHO lists another over 65 diseases for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed including alcohol dependence, cancer pain and diabetes mellitus. With the completion of this pragmatic clinical trial and introduction of the Constant Care method of health care delivery to underserved communities on Chicago's south side, the investigators can both utilize an effective plan of health care delivery, advance the research needed to effectively utilize Traditional Chinese Medicine as a low cost therapeutic option in this country, and successfully treat disenfranchised populations that have been traditionally overlooked and that deserve a better health and wellness care future.

Condition Intervention Phase
Pain Management
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Other: Traditional Chinese Medicine
Early Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Bringing Acute and Wellness Care to Underserved Populations Using Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Pragmatic Clinical Trial Using Quality of Life Measures in a Community Health Care Setting

Further study details as provided by Chicago College of Oriental Medicine:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • QualityMetric SF36v-2 Quality of Life [ Time Frame: Every four weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • QualityMetric PIQ-6 [ Time Frame: Every four weeks ]

Study Start Date: September 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: August 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Assessing efficacy of treating subjects/patients with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) by administering SF-36v2 and PIQ-6 surveys to subjects/patients to create a baseline and then re-assessing quality of life achieved through TCM treatments by administering follow-up SF-12v2 and PIQ-6 surveys every four weeks
Other: Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine includes acupuncture, herbal, tuina and other accessory techniques
Other Names:
  • Acupuncture
  • Tuina
  • Herbs
  • Moxabustion


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adults age 21 and over

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Children
  • Pregnant women
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01059487

Contact: Jeannette Hoyt 7087173568

United States, Illinois
Chicago College of Oriental Medicine, Inc. dba Chicago College of Asian Medicine Not yet recruiting
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60656
Sponsors and Collaborators
Chicago College of Oriental Medicine
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Inspire Tech Group
  More Information

Responsible Party: Jeannette Hoyt/Executive Director, Chicago College of Oriental Medicine, Inc. dba Chicago College of Asian Medicine Identifier: NCT01059487     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HS-10-003 CEG
GRANT10504752 ( Other Identifier: Agency for Health Care Research and Quality )
Study First Received: January 29, 2010
Last Updated: February 1, 2010

Keywords provided by Chicago College of Oriental Medicine:
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture processed this record on May 22, 2017