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A4O1 | Epidemiology, Quality and Reporting Characteristics of Systematic Reviews of Acupuncture Interventions Published in Chinese Journals

Abstract text
Background:Systematic reviews (SRs) of acupuncture have become increasingly popular in China and have been published in large numbers. This review provides the first examination of epidemiological characteristics of these SRs as well as compliance with the PRISMA and AMSTAR guidelines.

Objectives:To examine epidemiological and reporting characteristics as well as methodological quality of SRs of acupuncture published in Chinese journals.

Methods:Four Chinese databases were searched (CBM, CSJD, CJFD and Wanfang Database) for SRs of TCM, from inception through Dec. 2010. Data were extracted into Excel spreadsheets. The PRISMA and AMSTAR checklists were used to assess reporting characteristics and methodological quality, respectively.

Results:A total of 88 SRs were identified, None of the reviews had been updated. Less one-third (27.3%) were written by clinicians and one-third (33%) were reported in specialty journals. The impact factors of 53.4% of the journals published in were zero. Information retrieval were not comprehensive in more than half(59.1%%)reviews. Most (62.8%) did not reported information about quality assessment, while less than half (36.4%) reported assessing for publication bias. Statistical mistakes appeared in one-third (30.3%) of reviews. Though 93.2% reviews used the term “systematic review” or “Meta analysis” in the title, no any reviews reported conflict interests and were updated after they were published two or more years.

Conclusions:While many SRs of acupuncture interventions have been published in Chinese journals, the quality of these reviews is troubling. As a potential key source of information for clinicians and researchers, not only were many of these reviews incomplete, some contained mistakes or were misleading. Focusing on improving the quality of SRs of acupuncture, rather than continuing to publish them in great quantity, is urgently needed in order to increase the value of these studies.
Authors
Ma B1, Qi G2, LI X1, WANG T1, CHEN Z1, ZHANG Z3
1 1 Evidence-Based Medicine Center, Institute of Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000,China;
2 1 Evidence-Based Medicine Center, Institute of Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000,China;2 The Frist Clinical School of Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000,China
3 1 Evidence-Based Medicine Center, Institute of Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000,China;3 Ministry of Health of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing 10044, China
Presenting author and contact person
Presenting author: 
Yaolong Chen
Contact person: 
Zong-jiu ZHANG (Contact this person)
Date and Location
Session: 
Oral session A4O1
Date: 
Saturday 22 October 2011 - 11:15 - 11:35
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