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"Acupuncture Research: Strategies for building an evidence base"
edited by Hugh MacPherson, Richard Hammerschlag, George Lewith and Rosa Schnyer, Elsevier, 2008.

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Smith CA, Hay PPJ, MacPherson H. Acupuncture for depression. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2010, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD004046. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD004046.pub3. http://www.mrw.interscience.wiley.com/cochrane/clsysrev/articles/CD004046/pdf_fs.html

Hopton A, MacPherson H. Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: Is Acupuncture More Effective than a Placebo? A systematic review of pooled data from meta-analyses. Pain Practice. 2010. Jan 8. [Epub ahead of print] www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/123236187/abstract

Schnyer RN, Harris R, MacPherson H. More about the evidence in evidence-based integrative medicine programs. Acad Med. 2010 Feb;85(2):186-7.

Asghar AUR, Green G, Lythgoe MF, Lewith G, MacPherson H.  Acupuncture needling sensation:  The neural correlates of deqi using fMRI.  Brain Research. 2010. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.brainres.2009.12.019

Lansdown H, Howard K, Brealey S, MacPherson H. Acupuncture for pain and osteoarthritis of the knee: a pilot study for an open parallel-arm randomised controlled trial. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2009 Oct 24;10:130.

MacPherson H. Keeping the door open: uncertainty about the reliability and efficacy of traditional approaches to acupuncture. J Altern Complement Med. 2009 Dec;15(12):1267-8.

MacPherson H, Peters D, Zollman C. Closing the evidence gap in integrative medicine. British Medical Journal, BMJ 2009; 339: b3335.

MacPherson H, Altman DG. Improving the quality of reporting acupuncture interventions: describing the collaboration between STRICTA, CONSORT and the Chinese Cochrane Centre. Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine. 2009; 2: 1-4. 

Deadman P, MacPherson H, Maxwell D, Moir F, Scheid V. Chinese medicine in the West 2009. Journal of Chinese Medicine, 2009, 50, 6-18.

Schroer S, MacPherson H, Adamson J, Designing an RCT of acupuncture for depression--identifying appropriate patient groups: a qualitative study. Fam Pract 2009,doi:10.1093/fampra/cmp021.

Zollman C, MacPherson H. The challenges of interpreting and applying the evidence for CAM and Integrated Medicine. Journal of Holistic Healthcare, 2009; 6(1): 16-21.

Schroer S, MacPherson H. Acupuncture, or non-directive counselling versus usual care for the treatment of depression: a pilot study. Trials, 2009; 10:3 [Full text] 
Preference Collaborative Review Group (
Adamson SJ, Bland JM, Hay EM, Johnson RE, Jones GT, Kitchener H, Moffett JA, Macfarlane GJ, MacPherson H, McLean S, Nelson L, Salisbury C, Thomas E, Tilbrook HE, Torgerson DJ)
. Patients' preferences within randomised trials: systematic review and patient level meta-analysis. British Medical Journal. 2008 Oct 31;337:a1864. doi: 10.1136/bmj.a1864.

MacPherson H, Thomas K, Armstrong B, de Valois B, Relton C, Mullinger B, White A, Flower A, ScheidV. Developing research strategies in complementary and alternative medicine.Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 2008; 16: 359—362.

MacPherson H, Nahin R, Paterson C, Cassidy CM, Lewith GT, and Hammerschlag R,Developments in acupuncture research: big-picture perspectives from the leading edge. Journal Of Alternative And Complementary Medicine, 2008; 14(7): 883–887.  

Schnyer R, Lao L, Hammerschlag R, Wayne P, Langevin HM, Napadow V, Harris R, Park JB, Milley R, Cohen M, MacPherson H.Society for Acupuncture Research: 2007 Conference Report: The status and future of acupuncture research: 10 years post–NIH consensus conference. Journal Of Alternative And Complementary Medicine, 2008; 14(7): 859–860.

MacPherson H, Thomas K. Self-help advice as a process integral to traditional acupuncture care: implications for trial design. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 2008; 16(2):101-6. 

Bell-Syer SEM, Thorpe LN, Thomas K, MacPherson H. Bell-Syer SEM,Thorpe LN, Thomas K, MacPherson H. GP participation and recruitment of patients to RCTs: lessons from trials of acupuncture and exercise for low back pain in primary care. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2008. doi:10.1093/ecam/nen044.[Full text]

Reynolds JA, Bland JM, MacPherson H. Acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome an exploratory randomised controlled trial. Acupunct Med. 2008; 26(1):8-16.

MacPherson H, Green G, Nevado A, Lythgoe MF, Lewith G, Devlin R, Haselfoot R, Asghar AUR.  Brain imaging of acupuncture: Comparing superficial with deep needling.  Neuroscience Letters. 2008; 434(1): 144-149.

MacPherson H. Acupuncture for hypertension: a tale of two trials. From the perspective of the acupuncturist. Forsch Komplement Med. 2007; 14(6):371-3.

Prady SL, Richmond SJ, Morton VM, MacPherson H. A Systematic Evaluation of the Impact of STRICTA and CONSORT Recommendations on Quality of Reporting for Acupuncture Trials. PLoS ONE. 2008;3(2):e1577 [Full text]

Hopwood V, MacPherson H. Acupuncture Research: Strategies for Clinical Evaluation: Workshop Report, York, July 5–8, 2006. Evidence Based Complement. Altern. Med. 2008; 5(2): 237-240. [Full text]   

Prady SL, Thomas K, Esmonde L, Crouch S, MacPherson H. The natural history of back pain after a randomised controlled trial of acupuncture vs usual care – long term outcomes. Acupuncture in Medicine 2007;25(4):121-129.

Prady SL, MacPherson H. Assessing the Utility of the Standards for Reporting Trials of Acupuncture (STRICTA): A Survey of Authors. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2007, 13(9): 939-944.

Fonnebo¸ V, Grimsgaard S, Walach H, Ritenbaugh C, Norheim AJ, MacPherson H, Lewith G, Launso¸ L, Koithan M, Falkenberg T, Boon H, Aickin M. Researching complementary and alternative treatments--the gatekeepers are not at home. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2007; 11(7):7. [Full text

MacPherson H, Dumville JC. Acupuncture as a potential treatment for non-cardiac chest pain – a survey. Acupuncture in Medicine 2007;25(1-2):18-21.

MacPherson H, Thomas K. Traditional acupuncture for low back pain: developing high quality evidence while maintaining the integrity of the intervention. European Journal of Oriental Medicine. 2007. 5(4): 26-30.

Dumville JC, MacPherson H, Griffith K, Miles JN, Lewin RJ.  Non-cardiac chest pain: a retrospective cohort study of patients who attended a Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic.  Fam Pract. 2007; 24(2):152-7.

MacPherson H, Schroer S. Acupuncture as a complex intervention for depression: a consensus method to develop a standardised treatment protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Complementary Therapies in Medicine 2007; 15(2): 92-100.

Boon H, MacPherson H, Fleishman S, Grimsgaard S, Koithan M, Norheim AJ, and Walach H. Evaluating complex healthcare systems: a critique of four approaches. Evidence-based Comp Alt Med. 2007 4: 279-285. [Full text]

 

Price S, Mercer SW, MacPherson H. Practitioner empathy, patient enablement and health outcomes: a prospective study of acupuncture patients. Patient Education and Counselling. 2006, 63(1-2): 239-245.

Salter GC, Roman M, Bland JM, MacPherson H. Acupuncture for chronic neck pain: a pilot for a randomised controlled trial. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2006 Dec 9;7(1):99. [Full text]

MacPherson H, Thomas KJ, Thorpe L. Beyond needling - therapeutic processes in acupuncture care: a qualitative study nested within  low back pain trial. Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 2006; 12(9): 873-880.  

MacPherson H. Acupuncture research: time to shift from theoretical to practical questions. Journal of Alternative& Complementary Medicine, 2006; 12(9): 837-39.

Thomas KJ, MacPherson H, Thorpe L, et al. Randomised controlled trial of a short course of traditional acupuncture compared to usual care for persistent low back pain. British Medical Journal, 2006; 333: 623-626.

Ratcliffe J, Thomas KJ, MacPherson H, Brazier J. A randomised controlled trial of acupuncture care for lower back pain: cost effectiveness analysis. British Medical Journal, 2006; 333: 626-628.

MacPherson H, Asghar A. Acupuncture needle sensations associated with De Qi: a classification based on experts’ ratings. Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 2006; 12(7): 633-7.

Jackson A, MacPherson H, Hahn S. "Acupuncture for tinnitus: a series of six n=1 trials." Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 2006; 14(1): 39-46 

MacPherson H, Sinclair-Lian N, Thomas K. "Profiles of acupuncture patients: a national survey." Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 2006; 14(1): 20-30.

MacPherson H, Liu B. What patients report on adverse reactions to prescribed Chinese herbal medicine. RCHM Journal. 2006, March, 33-37.

MacPherson H. "Evidence-based acupuncture - a challenge ahead." Asian Medicine Tradition and Modernity. 2005; 1(1):149-161.

Thomas KJ, MacPherson H, Thorpe L, Brazier J, Fitter M, Campbell M, Roman M, Walters S, Nicholl, J. "Longer term clinical and economic benefits of offering acupuncture to patients with chronic low back pain." Final report to NHS Health Technology Assessment Programme, 2005.[HTA Executive summary pdf] [Full HTA monograph pdf]

MacPherson H, Liu B. The safety of Chinese herbal medicine: a pilot for a national survey.  Journal of Complementary & Alternative Medicine 2005; 11(4): 617-626.

Fitter M, Thomas, KJ. Duty, curiosity, and enlightened self-interest: what makes acupuncture practitioners participate in national research studies? J Alt Complementary Medicine. 2005; 11(2): 227-8.

MacPherson H, Thomas KJ. Short-term reactions to acupuncture: a cross-sectional survey of patient reports. Acupuncture in Medicine. 2005; 23(3): 112-120.

MacPherson H, Thomas K. Cost-effectiveness of CAM: pragmatic trials are good science. British Medical Journal, 21st Nov 2005; 331(7523):1024. (electronic letter) 

MacPherson H. Strengthening the case that acupuncture is safe in competent hands. European Journal of Oriental Medicine. 2005; (1): 60-73.

MacPherson H, Thorpe L, Thomas KJ, Campbell M. "Acupuncture for low back pain: traditional diagnosis and treatment of 148 patients in a clinical trial." Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 2004; 12(1): 38-44.

MacPherson H, Scullion T, Thomas K, Walters S. "Patient reports of adverse events associated with acupuncture: a large scale prospective survey." Quality & Safety in Health Care. 2004; 13: 349-355. 

MacPherson H. "Pragmatic clinical trials." Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 2004; 12: 136-40. 

MacPherson H, Thorpe L, Thomas K, Geddes D. "Acupuncture for depression: first steps in a clinical evaluation."  Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine. 2004; 10(6): 1083-1091. 

Lipman L, Dale J, MacPherson H. "Attitudes of GPs towards the provision of acupuncture on the NHS." Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 2003; 11(2): 110-4. 

MacPherson, H, Mercer S, Scullion T, Thomas K. "Empathy, enablement and outcome: an exploratory study of acupuncture patients’ perceptions." J Alt Comp Med. 2003; 9(6): 869-76.

Thomas KJ, Fitter M, Possible research strategies for evaluating complementary and alternative medicine interventions. Chapter in Lewith, Walach & Jonas (eds). “Clinical Research Methodology for Complementary Therapies” Churchilll Livingstone, 2002.

MacPherson H, White A, Cummings M, Jobst K, Rose K, Niemtzow R, for the STRICTA Group. "Towards better standards of reporting controlled trials of acupuncture: the STRICTA statement." Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 2001 9(4): 249-9 [Full text pdf]. {Also published in J Altern Complement Med. 2002; 8(1): 85-9 [Full text pdf], Acupuncture in Medicine. 2002 20(1): 22-5 [Full text pdf]; Clinical Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine 2002; 3(1): 6-9 [Full text pdf]; and Medical Acupuncture. 2002 13(3): 9-11 [Full text html].

MacPherson H, Hougham P. "What should we say to our patients about the safety of acupuncture? The British Acupuncture Council News. 2002; 7(1):15-16.

Sherman K, Lao L, Hopwood V, Kawahita K, MacPherson H, et al. "Matching acupuncture clinical study designs to research questions." Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine 2002; 3(1): 12-15.

MacPherson H, Thomas K, Walters S, Fitter M. Safety in numbers. "What practitioners reported about adverse events and treatment reactions following 34,000 acupuncture sessions." European Journal of Oriental Medicine 2002a3(6): 13-22.

MacPherson H, Sherman K, Hammerschlag R, Birch S, Lao L, Zaslawski, C. "The clinical evaluation of traditional East Asian systems of medicine."  Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. 2002b; 3(1): 16-19.

MacPherson H, Thomas K, Walters S, Fitter M. "How safe is acupuncture?" CAM 2002c; 7: 14-22.

MacPherson H, Lewith GT.  “On the reporting of adverse events following acupuncture.” Physiotherapy Journal 2001; 87(1):21-24.

MacPherson H.  ”Making research our own: positive steps in a challenging environment.” British Acupuncture News 2001a; 5(6):16-18.

Thomas KJ, Fitter M.  “Possible research strategies for evaluating complementary and alternative medicine interventions”. Chapter in Lewith, Walach & Jonas (eds.) “Clinical Research Methodology for Complementary Therapies” Churchill Livingstone 2001.

Riviere K, MacPherson H.  “The acupuncture and science debate: highlights of the joint British Acupuncture Council and Exeter University workshop.” British Acupuncture Council News. 2001; 6(2): 10-11.

Gould AJ, MacPherson H, 2001 “Patient perspectives on outcomes following treatment with acupuncture.” Accepted for publication in Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine. 2001; 7(3): 261-8.

MacPherson H. “Workshop report: Acupuncture and science – fundamental contradiction or creative tension.” Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 2001b; 9(2):122.

MacPherson H, Thomas K, Walters S, Fitter M.  "The York Safety Study: a prospective survey of 34,000 treatments by traditional acupuncturists".  British Medical Journal. 2001a; 323(7311); 486-487.

Thorpe L, Thomas K, Fitter M, Brazier J, MacPherson H, Campbell M, Nicholl J, Morgan A, Roman M. "Longer term clinical and economic benefits of offering acupuncture to patients with chronic low back pain assessed as suitable for primary care management." Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2001; 55 (Supp. 1):A53.

Fitter M.  “The upward research trend in acupuncture colleges”, British Acupuncture Council News, 2001; 6(4).

MacPhersonH, Thomas K, Walters S, Fitter M. A prospective survey of adverse events and treatment reactions following 34,000 consultations with professional acupuncturists.” Acupuncture in Medicine. 2001b; 19(2):93-102.

White A, Cummings M, Hopwood V, MacPherson H. Informed consent for acupuncture: an information leaflet developed by consensus.Acupuncture in Medicine. 2001; 19(2):123-9. 

Wheeler J, MacPherson H. “Towards a research strategy for the acupuncture profession: a discussion document.” British Acupuncture Council News, 2000; 5(2): 8-14.

MacPherson H. “Out of the laboratory and into the clinic: acupuncture research in the real world.” International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, 2000a; 1(2): 97-100. 

MacPherson H. “Pragmatic research: with a focus on low back pain.” Journal of Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, 2000b; October 29-32.

MacPherson H. "Fatal and adverse events from acupuncture: allegation, evidence and the implications." Journal of Alternative& Complementary Medicine (USA) 1999; 5(1):47-56. 

MacPherson H, Gould AJ, Fitter M. "Acupuncture for low back pain: results of a pilot study for a randomised controlled trial." Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 1999; 7(2): 83-90.

Thomas KJ, Fitter M, Brazier J, MacPherson H, Campbell M, Nicholl JP, Roman M. "Longer term clinical and economic benefits of offering acupuncture to patients with chronic low back pain assessed as suitable for primary care management." Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 1999; 7(2):91-100. 

Gould A. Report on the Third Annual Symposium, March 14th 1998: "Inspiration to action, debating the opportunities.” British Acupuncture Council Newsletter 1999; 4(2): 8-11.

MacPherson H. "How safe is acupuncture? Developing the evidence on risk." Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine (USA) 1999c; 5(3):223-224.

MacPherson H.  “The York Back Pain Trial: should GPs offer patients with back pain the option of a referral to a traditional acupuncturist?” British Acupuncture Council News, 1999d; 4(3):6-8.

MacPherson H, Fitter M. "Factors that influence outcome: an evaluation of change with acupuncture." Acupuncture in Medicine 1998; 16(1): 33-39 

MacPherson H, Gould A. "Grasping the nettle: a response to reports of adverse events from acupuncture." European Journal of Oriental Medicine, 1998; 2(5): 19-26.

MacPherson H. "How safe is acupuncture? Setting the record straight." Caduceus 1998; 42: 37-39.

Fitter M. Research in Holistic Medicine. A chapter in "Medical Marriage", edited by C. Fellner Featherstone, Findhorn Press 1997.

Fitter M, Thomas K. "Evaluating Complementary Therapies for use in the NHS: 'Horses for Courses'." Part 1: the design challenge. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 1997; 5: 90-93.

Thomas K, Fitter M. "Evaluating Complementary Therapies for use in the NHS: 'Horses for Courses'." Part 2: alternative research strategies. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 1997; 5: 94-98.

Gould A. "Shaping the debate: developing our agenda. Report on the second Acupuncture Research Symposium." European Journal of Oriental Medicine 1997; 2(3): 46-52.

Gould A. "An introduction to the work of the Acupuncture Research Resources Centre and ARRCBASE: a bibliographic database of acupuncture practice and research." Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 1997; 5(3): 168-71.

Gould A. "The Society for Acupuncture Research, 3rd Annual Symposium, Washington DC, 16-17 September 1995." Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 1996; 4: 69-71.

MacPherson H, Fitter M. "An agenda for acupuncture research: the work of the Foundation for Traditional Chinese Medicine." Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 1996; 4: 124-126.

Blackwell R, Sutton S. "A report on research into glycyrrhiza (gan cao), paeonia (bai shao) and rehmannia (di huang)." European Journal of Oriental Medicine, 1996; 2(1): 28-34.

Gould A. "Acupuncture research : emerging priorities for the profession. Report on the first Acupuncture Research Symposium." European Journal of Oriental Medicine, 1996; 2(1): 54-58.

Blackwell R. "Adverse events involving certain Chinese herbal medicines and the response of the profession." Journal of Chinese Medicine. 1996; 50: 12-22.

Fitter M, MacPherson H. "An audit of case studies of low back pain: a feasibility study for a controlled trial." European Journal of Oriental Medicine. 1995; 1(5): 46-55.

MacPherson H.   “Body palpation and diagnosis.” Journal of Chinese Medicine, 1994; 44: 5-12.

MacPherson H, Blackwell R. "Rheumatoid Arthritis and Chinese Medicine: a review." European Journal of Oriental Medicine. 1994; 1(3): 17-29.

MacPherson H. "The treatment of prostate disorders." Journal of Chinese Medicine. 1993 41:5-9. 

Blackwell R, MacPherson H. "Multiple sclerosis - staging and patient management." Journal of Chinese Medicine. 1993 42:5-12.  (Also published in French in Medicine Chinoise & Medicine Orientales No 9, 1994.)

MacPherson H. "The path to mastery - a case for supervision". European Journal of Oriental Medicine. 1993; 1(2): 6-11. (Reprinted in Journal of the National Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, USA, 1995.)

Blackwell R. Acupuncture research for the 1990s. European Journal of Oriental Medicine. 1993; 1(1): 47-52.

Fitter M, Blackwell R. Are acupuncturists interested in research? European Journal of Oriental Medicine. 1993; 1(2): 44-47.

MacPherson H. "the treatment of neck and upper back pain with acupuncture." Journal of Chinese Medicine. 1992; 38: 22-26.

Blackwell R, MacPherson H. "Bright eyes - the treatment of eye diseases by acupuncture." Journal of Chinese Medicine. 1992; 39: 5-12.

MacPherson H, Blackwell R. "Tired out - approaches to tiredness and fatigue". Journal of Chinese Medicine. 1992; 40:13-20.

 

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"Acupuncture in Practice: Case History Insights from the West"
edited by Hugh MacPherson and Ted Kaptchuk, Churchill Livingstone, 1997.

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