Does the addition of specific acupuncture to standard swallowing training improve outcomes in patients with dysphagia after stroke? A randomized controlled trial.

Does the addition of specific acupuncture to standard swallowing training improve outcomes in patients with dysphagia after stroke? A randomized controlled trial. Clin Rehabil. 2015 Mar 26; Authors: Xia W, Zheng C, Zhu S, Tang Z Abstract OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of adding acupuncture to standard swallowing training for patients with dysphagia after stroke. DESIGN: Single-blind randomized controlled trial. SETTING: Inpatient and outpatient clinics. SUBJECTS: A total of 124 patients with dysphagia after stroke were randomly divided into two groups: acupuncture and control. INTERVENTIONS: The acupuncture group received standard swallowing training and acupuncture treatment. In comparison, the control group only received standard swallowing training. Participants in both groups received six days of therapy per week for a four-week period. MAIN MEASURES: The primary outcome measures included the Standardized Swallowing Assessment and the Dysphagia Outcome Severity Scale. The secondary outcome measures included the Modified Barthel Index and Swallowing-Related Quality of Life, which were assessed before and after the four-week therapy period. RESULTS: A total of 120 dysphagic subjects completed the study (60 in acupuncture group and 60 in control group). Significant differences existed in the Standardized Swallowing Assessment, Dysphagia Outcome Severity Scale, Modified Barthel Index, and Swallowing-Related Quality of Life ...
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