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Table 4 Additional items proposed by respondents

From: A survey of evidence users about the information need of acupuncture clinical evidence

Items Content Respondents (n)
7.9.1 Specify whether the included studies were RCTs and describe the method of randomization. 10
7.9.2 Specify the statistical and data processing methods, and estimate the statistical power of the data analysis. 8
7.9.3 Discuss the rationale and mechanism of action for acupuncture in modern medicine. 7
7.9.4 Describe the safety and adverse effects (both long term and short term) of acupuncture, such as epilepsy. 7
7.9.5 Provide the effect and reproducibility of acupuncture, including the description of effect evaluation time and indicators and patient outcomes. 7
7.9.6 Describe the demographic information (e.g. age, sex), physical status, medical history and conditions. 5
7.9.7 Describe the method, including study design, quality assessment, and bias control. 4
7.9.8 Describe whether the preferences and values of the patients were considered or not. 3
7.9.9 Describe the follow-up time, result, and the loss to follow-up and corresponding solutions. 3
7.9.10 Describe the origin and development of acupuncture. 3
7.9.11 Describe the status quo of research on diseases and acupuncture both at home and abroad. 3
7.9.12 Analyzing the results and presenting the discussion. 3
7.9.13 Description of the blinding method of the included studies. 2
7.9.14 Providing the references of the study. 2
7.9.15 Description of the limitations and implications of the study. 2
7.9.16 Description of the sample method and size. 1
7.9.17 Description of the innovations and strengths of the study. 1
7.9.18 Description of which type of clinical research is suitable for acupuncture. 1
7.9.19 Description of the Ethics Committee review and registration status. 1
7.9.20 Description of the conclusion of the study and the clinical evidence on acupuncture. 1
7.9.21 Declaration of the funding of the study. 1
7.9.22 Description of the environment of study implementation (such as primary health setting or one of the top three hospitals). 1
7.9.23 Description of the standard of syndrome differentiation and treatment. 1
  1. In addition to the eight items proposed in our questionnaire, some respondents also gave suggestions on other information