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Frontiers of Medicine

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Front. Med.    2017, Vol. 11 Issue (4) : 590-594
Application of Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) to the guideline development for clinical practice with acupuncture and moxibustion
Hong Zhao1,2(), Fengxia Liang1, Yigong Fang2, Baoyan Liu3
1. Hubei University of Chinese Medicine/Hubei Provincial Collaborative Innovation Center of Preventive Treatment by Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Wuhan 430061, China
2. Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100700, China
3. China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100700, China
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Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) offers a worldwide approach to guideline development for clinical practice. For the clinical practice of acupuncture therapy, 18 evidence-based guidelines have been developed in China using GRADE. In this study, we review the advantages and limitations of the GRADE approach in the guideline development for acupuncture and moxibustion and propose some solutions to these limitations. Scientific advantages of rating the quality of evidence, outcome-centric direction, overall progression to develop recommendations, and strength of recommendations providing specific clinical guidance are the advantages of GRADE. The limitations of GRADE in the development of guidelines for acupuncture and moxibustion include rating the quality of evidence for ancient literature and literature on famous traditional Chinese medicine experts’ experiences and specific guidelines for formulating recommendations from evidence. In the guideline development for clinical practice with acupuncture and moxibustion, we suggest that a specific method should be explored based on the GRADE approach and the characteristics of acupuncture therapy.

Keywords guideline      acupuncture      GRADE     
Corresponding Authors: Hong Zhao   
Just Accepted Date: 04 July 2017   Online First Date: 14 August 2017    Issue Date: 04 December 2017
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Hong Zhao,Fengxia Liang,Yigong Fang, et al. Application of Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) to the guideline development for clinical practice with acupuncture and moxibustion[J]. Front. Med., 2017, 11(4): 590-594.
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