Which acupuncture and moxibustion technique is more effective for primary dysmenorrhea: A protocol for a network meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.Medicine (Baltimore). 2020 Aug 28; 99(35):e21713.M
Primary dysmenorrhea (PD), also called functional dysmenorrhea, refers to a woman's menstrual period in genital no organic disease, abdominal pain, under the belly and other discomfort for the characteristics of disease of department of gynecology. Acupuncture and moxibustion have been accepted as treatment options for PD. So far, there are so many therapies for PD and their efficacy has been assessed by several systematic reviews. Therefore, this study aims at evaluating the effectiveness which acupuncture and moxibustion technique is more effective for primary dysmenorrhea.
METHODS AND ANALYSIS
The following electronic databases will be searched in this study: the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL);PubMed; EMBASE; China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI); Chinese Biomedical Literature Database (CBM);Chinese Scientific Journal Database (VIP database); and Wan-Fang Database(WF). More than two authors independently assessed the quality of the evidence by AMSTAR2, PRISMA, PRISMA-A, and GRADE approach. Two of our researchers will use the bias risk tool provided by the Cochrane Collaboration to evaluate the quality of the literature using WinBUGS 1.4.3 and STATA softwares. The primary outcomes include the extent of pain in the lower abdomen measured by visual analog scale (VAS) and relief from symptoms. The quality of life (QoL) and Adverse events will be considered as Additional outcome(s). Their reference lists and the citation lists of studies meeting the inclusion criteria and relevant systematic reviews will also be searched to identify further studies for inclusion. Before this review completed, the 2 reviewers will conduct the search once again to ensure the latest studies could be included.
ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION
This review does not require ethical approval.
The results will be published in a peer-reviewed journal.
This study will provide comprehensive evidence of acupuncture and moxibustion for patients with PD.
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