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Table 4 Outcomes of randomized controlled trials comparing moxibustion and conventional therapy

From: Acupuncture and moxibustion for lateral elbow pain: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials

Studies Intervention and number of subjects Outcome measurement Outcomes** (Cured no./Total no., Cured rate) Treatment effect
  Treatment group Control group   Treatment group Control group Cured rate: RR (95% CI)
Jin (2005) [33] Ginger- moxibustion Prednisolone injection Pain relief and range of movement: cured rate based on ADL score 59/80 17/32 1.39 (0.98 to 1.97)
N = 80 N = 32 73.8% 53.1% P = 0.07
Li (2007) [22] Ginger- moxibustion Prednisone injection Pain relief and grip strength: cured rate based on subjective report 20/25 21/25 0.95 (0.73 to 1.24)
N = 25 N = 25 80% 84% P = 0.71
Xu (2010) [29] Ginger- moxibustion Prednisone injection Pain relief and grip strength: cured rate based on subjective report 11/23 4/22 2.63 (0.98 to 7.04)
N = 23 N = 22 47.8% 18.2% P = 0.05
  1. **: Outcomes were measured at the end of last treatment, except for those specifically mentioned.
  2. ADL, Activities of daily living scale; 95% CI, 95% Confidence Interval; RR, Relative Risk.