Acupuncture for balance dysfunction in patients with stroke: A systematic review protocol

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Abstract

Background:

Balance dysfunctions in stroke survivors are common and have significant impact on functional independence and rehabilitation. As a crucial technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture has been used widely for balance dysfunctions after stroke, although its effective evidence is not clear. Hence, we plan this systematic review protocol to evaluate the value of its efficacy and safety for balance dysfunctions after stroke.

Methods:

We will search the databases from the publishment to April 2018: Web of Science, PubMed, Medline, Cochrane Library, EBASE, WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform, Wanfang, Chinese Biomedical Literature Database, Chinese Scientific Journal Database (VIP), and China National Knowledge Infrastructure. The clinical efficacy will be accepted as the primary outcomes. RevMan V.5.3 software will be used to compute the data synthesis when a meta-analysis is allowed.

Results:

This systematic review and meta-analysis will provide a high-quality synthesis of current evidence of acupuncture for balance dysfunctions after stroke including clinical efficacy, balance ability, walking ability, and activity of daily life etcetera.

Conclusion:

This protocol will determine whether acupuncture is an effective and safety intervention for balance dysfunctions after stroke.

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