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Research Article

Self-reported Changes in Health Status in a Traditional Chinese Medicine Centre: An Observational Study

Concetta Paola Pelullo1, Amanda Valdes Abuadili1, Ottavio Iommelli2 and Francesco Attena3*
1School of Hygiene and Preventive Medicine of the Second University of Naples, via Luciano Armanni, 5, Naples, Italy
2Traditional Chinese Medicine Centre of S. Paolo Hospital, via Terracina 219, Naples, Italy
3Department of Experimental Medicine of the Second University of Naples, via Luciano Armanni, 5, Naples, Italy
Corresponding Author : Francesco Attena
Department of Experimental Medicine
Second University of Naples
Via Luciano Armanni, 5
80138 Naples, Italy
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Received December 10, 2014; Accepted December 31, 2014; Published January 06, 2015
Citation: Pelullo CP, Abuadili AV, Iommelli O, Attena F (2015) Self-reported Changes in Health Status in a Traditional Chinese Medicine Centre: An Observational Study. J Nov Physiother 5:243. doi: 10.4172/2165-7025.1000243
Copyright: © 2015 Pelullo CP, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Background: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complex medical system that includes acupuncture, pharmacology, massage, gymnastics, moxibustion and cupping among its treatments.

Methods: The aim of this study was to investigate self-reported changes in health after TCM treatment that primarily involved acupuncture. An observational study of 428 patients was undertaken in a TCM centre in the city of Naples during the period 2013–2014. Six months after the first examination, we conducted telephone interviews to obtain information about the socio-demographic characteristics of patients, their clinical diagnosis and the therapy administered. The self-reported change in health status was obtained from question two of the short form-36 (SF-36) health survey questionnaire.

Results: Of the 428 interviewees, 42.5% declared that they felt “much better”, and 31.8% felt “somewhat better” compared with the period before the treatment. The main reason for consultation was osteoarticular disorders (77.1%), divided into neck pain/dysfunctional limitations (41.6%), lower back pain/dysfunctional limitations (20.1%) and other reasons (15.4%). There were no statistical differences in the change in health status among the different diagnostic categories (p>0.05). Marked improvement was higher in women.

Conclusions: Despite the well-known limitations of observational design, our study shows a satisfactory level of effectiveness of TCM and contributes to the assessment of TCM in actual clinical practice.


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