Review of Ethical and Scientific Aspects of Acupuncture Clinical Trials Pointed Out by Institutional Review Board a Part of Development Process of the Acupuncture and Moxibustion Clinical Research Guideline

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Acupunct. 2015;32(2):11-21
1Korean Medicine Clinical Trial Center, Kyung Hee University
2Department of Clinical Research of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University
3Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Medicine, Kyung Hee University
4Department of Gastroenterology, Kyung Hee University
5Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Medicine, Dongguk University
6Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Medicine, Woosuk University
7Department of Sasang Constitutional Medicine, Kyung Hee University
*Corresponding author: Dong Woo Nam: Korean Medicine Clinical Trial Center, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University, 23, Kyungheedae-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, 130-872, Republic of Korea, Tel: +82-2-958-9202, E-mail:; Jun Hee Lee: Korean Medicine Clinical Trial Center, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University, 23, Kyungheedae-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, 130-872, Republic of Korea, Tel: +82-2-958-9280, E-mail:
Received 2015 April 06; Revised 2015 April 16; Accepted 2015 April 22.



To improve quality of clinical research for acupuncture and moxibustion, a guideline for clinical research protocol is needed. While developing a guideline for acupuncture and moxibustion clinical research, we reviewed the ethical and scientific aspects of protocols pointed out by the institutional review board. This will offer practical assistance to the researchers.


Ethical and scientific aspects of acupuncture and moxibustion research protocols reviewed by Kyung Hee University Korean Medicine Hospital Institutional Review Board were gathered and reviewed.


Ethical and scientific aspects of protocol review was reported.


The example of review will be helpful for new researchers when developing acupuncture and moxibustion clinical research protocol.


This study was supported by the Traditional Korean Medicine R&D program funded by the Ministry of Health and Welfare through the Korean Health Industry Development Institute(KHIDI)(No. HI13C0700)


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