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AcuTrials®: an online database of randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews of acupuncture.

Marx BL, Milley R, Cantor DG, Ackerman DL, Hammerschlag R - BMC Complement Altern Med (2013)

Bottom Line: The growing quantity of Complementary and Alternative Medicine literature requires databases enabled with increasingly powerful search capabilities.Keywords follow the National Library of Medicine (NLM) MeSH terminology when possible, and new keywords were created in cases where no appropriate MeSH terms were available.The resulting keyword catalogue enables users to perform sensitive, targeted searches for particular aspects of acupuncture treatment and research design.

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Affiliation: Research Department, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, 75 NW Couch St, Portland, OR 97209, USA. bmarx@ocom.edu

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Background: The growing quantity of Complementary and Alternative Medicine literature requires databases enabled with increasingly powerful search capabilities. To address this need in the area of acupuncture research, a bibliographic database of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and systematic reviews called AcuTrials® has been developed by the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. AcuTrials® introduces a comprehensive keyword thesaurus that categorizes details of treatment protocols and research design to an extent not currently available in MEDLINE or other databases.

Description: AcuTrials®, which went live in January of 2010 and is updated monthly, currently contains over 1250 articles from more than 300 journals. Articles included are English language RCTs and systematic reviews that report on medical conditions in human subjects treated by needle acupuncture. Study details are indexed by 14 key domains, such as acupuncture style and needling protocol, to create an acupuncture-relevant, searchable keyword catalogue. Keywords follow the National Library of Medicine (NLM) MeSH terminology when possible, and new keywords were created in cases where no appropriate MeSH terms were available. The resulting keyword catalogue enables users to perform sensitive, targeted searches for particular aspects of acupuncture treatment and research design.

Conclusions: AcuTrials® provides an extensive and innovative keyword catalogue of acupuncture research, allowing users to efficiently navigate, locate and assess the evidence base in ways not currently possible with other databases. By providing a more powerful suite of search options, the AcuTrials® database has the potential to enhance the accessibility and quality of acupuncture research.

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Mentions: As of July 1, 2013 AcuTrials® contained over 1250 total articles, 1013 randomized controlled trials and 259 systematic reviews from more than 300 journals. On average, 7 new articles are added to the database each month. Since January of 2010, when the database was made available for beta-testing, over 3300 visitors from 28 countries have accessed information on the site. The database is open access, but requires each user to create a unique username and password. Search features allow users to rapidly retrieve relevant articles after entering simple keywords, or combine multiple keywords for more refined results (Figure 1). Users can also access articles by clicking on a hyperlinked index of search terms organized alphabetically by author, keyword, and journal (Figure 2).


AcuTrials®: an online database of randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews of acupuncture.

Marx BL, Milley R, Cantor DG, Ackerman DL, Hammerschlag R - BMC Complement Altern Med (2013)

Hyperlinked Search Term Index.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC3750563&req=5

Figure 2: Hyperlinked Search Term Index.
Mentions: As of July 1, 2013 AcuTrials® contained over 1250 total articles, 1013 randomized controlled trials and 259 systematic reviews from more than 300 journals. On average, 7 new articles are added to the database each month. Since January of 2010, when the database was made available for beta-testing, over 3300 visitors from 28 countries have accessed information on the site. The database is open access, but requires each user to create a unique username and password. Search features allow users to rapidly retrieve relevant articles after entering simple keywords, or combine multiple keywords for more refined results (Figure 1). Users can also access articles by clicking on a hyperlinked index of search terms organized alphabetically by author, keyword, and journal (Figure 2).

Bottom Line: The growing quantity of Complementary and Alternative Medicine literature requires databases enabled with increasingly powerful search capabilities.Keywords follow the National Library of Medicine (NLM) MeSH terminology when possible, and new keywords were created in cases where no appropriate MeSH terms were available.The resulting keyword catalogue enables users to perform sensitive, targeted searches for particular aspects of acupuncture treatment and research design.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Research Department, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, 75 NW Couch St, Portland, OR 97209, USA. bmarx@ocom.edu

ABSTRACT

Background: The growing quantity of Complementary and Alternative Medicine literature requires databases enabled with increasingly powerful search capabilities. To address this need in the area of acupuncture research, a bibliographic database of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and systematic reviews called AcuTrials® has been developed by the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. AcuTrials® introduces a comprehensive keyword thesaurus that categorizes details of treatment protocols and research design to an extent not currently available in MEDLINE or other databases.

Description: AcuTrials®, which went live in January of 2010 and is updated monthly, currently contains over 1250 articles from more than 300 journals. Articles included are English language RCTs and systematic reviews that report on medical conditions in human subjects treated by needle acupuncture. Study details are indexed by 14 key domains, such as acupuncture style and needling protocol, to create an acupuncture-relevant, searchable keyword catalogue. Keywords follow the National Library of Medicine (NLM) MeSH terminology when possible, and new keywords were created in cases where no appropriate MeSH terms were available. The resulting keyword catalogue enables users to perform sensitive, targeted searches for particular aspects of acupuncture treatment and research design.

Conclusions: AcuTrials® provides an extensive and innovative keyword catalogue of acupuncture research, allowing users to efficiently navigate, locate and assess the evidence base in ways not currently possible with other databases. By providing a more powerful suite of search options, the AcuTrials® database has the potential to enhance the accessibility and quality of acupuncture research.

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Related in: MedlinePlus