A retrospective cohort study comparing stroke recurrence rate in ischemic stroke patients with and without acupuncture treatment

Chun Chuan Shih, Chien Chang Liao, Mao Feng Sun, Yi Chang Su, Chi Pang Wen, Donald E. Morisky, Fung Chang Sung, Chung-Yi Hsu, Jaung Geng Lin

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Little was known about the effects of acupuncture on stroke recurrence. The aim of this study is to investigate whether ischemic stroke patients receiving acupuncture treatment have a decreased risk of stroke recurrence. A retrospective cohort study of 30,058 newly diagnosed cases of ischemic stroke in 2000 to 2004 was conducted based on the claims of Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database. The use of acupuncture treatment and stroke recurrence were identified during the follow-up period from 2000 to 2009. This study compared the risk of stroke recurrence between ischemic stroke cohorts with and without acupuncture treatment by calculating adjusted hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) of acupuncture associated with stroke recurrence in the Cox proportional hazard model. The stroke recurrence rate per 1000 person-years decreased from 71.4 without to 69.9 with acupuncture treatment (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e1572
JournalMedicine (United States)
Issue number39
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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