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Table 4 Reporting quality of 26 trials according to STRICTA*

From: Effectiveness of acupuncture for angina pectoris: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials

Intervention Description of item No. trials eligible to the principle Percentage
1 Acupuncture rationale    
  1) Style of acupuncture 25 96.15%
  2) Rationale for treatment (e.g. syndrome patterns, segmental levels, trigger points) and individualization if used 26 92.86%
  3) Literature sources to justify rationale 15 53.57%
2 Needling details   0  
  1) Point used (uni/bilateral) 26 92.86%
  2) Numbers of needles inserted 23 82.14%
  3) Depths of insertion (e.g. cun or tissue level) 16 57.14%
  4) Responses elicited (e.g.de qi or twitch response) 21 75.00%
  5) Needle retention time 20 71.43%
  6) Needle type (gauge, length, and manufacturer or material) 17 60.71%
3 Treatment regimen   0  
  1) Number of treatment sessions 26 92.86%
  2) Frequency of treatment 25 89.29%
4 Co-interventions   0  
  1) Other interventions (e.g. moxibustion, cupping, herbs, exercises, lifestyle advice) 21 75.00%
5 Practitioner background   0  
  1) Duration of relevant training 0 0.00%
  2) Length of clinical experience 18 64.29%
  3) Expertise in specific condition 18 64.29%
6 Control interventions   0  
  1) Intended effect of control intervention and its appropriateness to research question and if appropriate, blinding of participants (e.g. active comparison, minimally active penetrating or nonpenetrating sham, inert) 26 92.86%
  2) Explanations given to patients of treatment and control interventions 2 7.14%
  3) Details of control intervention (precise description, as for item 2 above, and other items if different) 25 89.29%
  4) Sources that justify choice of control 0 0.00%
  1. *, Standards for reporting interventions in controlled trials of acupuncture.