Personalize Electro-acupuncture vs. Auricular-acupuncture Comparative Effectiveness

Status: Active, not recruiting
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Intervention Type: Procedure, Device
Study Type: Interventional
Study Phase: Not Applicable

The purpose of this study is to compare two types of acupuncture with usual care on treating chronic pain. This study has three groups. Two groups will received acupuncture. One group will receive usual standard of care for 12 weeks and then will receive acupuncture. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese technique of using very thin needles inserted in the skin to treat different symptoms and illness, and to promote healing. Each group will undergo a different method of needle administration.

Participation Requirements
Sex: All
Minimum Age: 18
Healthy Volunteers: Accepts Healthy Volunteers

• English speaking

• Age >/= 18 years or older

• Having musculoskeletal pain, defined as regional (joints, extremities, back, neck) or more generalized (fibromyalgia or chronic widespread pain)

• Having a pain rating of 4 or greater in worst pain on a 1-10 numerical rating scale in the preceding week (Patients with a neuropathic component to their pain that involves the extremities or back will be eligible)

• Having had pain for at least 3 months and at least 15 days with pain in the preceding 30 days

• A diagnosis of cancer with no restrictions placed on type of cancer, other than that patients with metastatic disease will be excluded. Eligibility criteria are not restricted to MSK confirmed biopsy/diagnosis. Participating institution's testing is sufficient for other study sites.

• Complete active treatment (surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiotherapy) at least one month prior to study initiation (patients on continued hormone treatment will not be excluded).

United States
New Jersey
Memorial Sloan Kettering Basking Ridge
Basking Ridge
Memorial Sloan Kettering Monmouth
Memorial Sloan Kettering Bergen
New York
Memorial Sloan Kettering Commack
Memorial Sloan Kettering Westchester
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York
Memorial Sloan Kettering Rockville Centre
Rockville Centre
Time Frame
Start Date: November 2016
Estimated Completion Date: November 2023
Target number of participants: 360
Active Comparator: Electro-Acupuncture (EA) Procedure
Participants will receive 10 treatment of EA acupuncture over the course of 10 weeks (with a maximum of 2 treatments per week).
Active Comparator: Battle Field Acupuncture (BFA) Procedure
Participants will receive 10 treatment of BFA acupuncture over the course of 10 weeks (with a maximum of 2 treatments per week).
Active Comparator: Wait List Control (WLC) Usual Care Procedure
Subjects in the WLC group continue to receive their standard medical care and pain management as prescribed by their physicians or other health care providers, including analgesic medications. After the 12 week follow up period, patients in the WLC will receive up to ten treatments of either EA or BFA based on their personal preference.
Leads: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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