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Table 1 Comparison of network meta-analysis and traditional meta-analysis

From: Acupuncture and moxibustion for chronic fatigue syndrome in traditional Chinese medicine: a systematic review and meta-analysis

  CbAM SAM Chinese medicine Western medicine Placebo (Sham-acupuncture)
Treatment T-metaa N-metab T-metaa N-metab T-metaa N-metab T-metaa N-metab T-metaa N-metab
CbAM 1.23 (1.12–1.36) 1.10 (1.04–1.17) 1.17 (1.09–1.25) 1.23 (1.15–1.32) 1.68 (1.29–1.69) 5.84 (1.19–12.21)
SAM 0.91 (0.85–0.96) 1.22 (1.14–1.30) 1.12 (1.03–1.21) 1.51 (1.31–1.74) 1.53 (1.17–2.43) 5.90 (3.64–9.56) 5.31 (1.74–11.07)
Chinese medicine 0.81 (0.77–0.87) 0.89 (0.83–0.97) 1.20 (1.10–1.50) 4.00 (2.50–6.90)
Western medicine 0.62 (0.37–0.77) 0.68 (0.41–0.85) 0.76 (0.46–0.96) 3.20 (1.90–5.50)
placebo (sham-acupuncture) 0.21 (0.08–0.53) 0.24 (0.09–0.58) 0.26 (0.10–0.65) 0.37 (0.12–0.99)
  1. astands for traditional meta-analysis
  2. bstands for network meta-analysis