Set Point Acupuncture for Migraines Using a Digital Assistant (SPAMDA)
The object of this research study is to test a standardized set of acupuncture points on migraine patients to reduce frequency and intensity of headaches. Acupuncture has been studied in prior research but the treatment points have varied between subjects, making it difficult to replicate studies.
|Study Design:||Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Set Point Acupuncture for Migraines Using a Digital Assistant|
- If a standard set of acupuncture points delivered over a set time frame, reduces the frequency and intensity of headaches in a population of migraine sufferers. [ Time Frame: 32 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Measurements of the impact of acupuncture intervention will be detected when baseline measurements of frequency and severity of headaches is compared to measurements taken 12 weeks after the last acupuncture session. MIDAS, HIT-6, BDI-II and SF-12 scores [ Time Frame: 32 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||July 2008|
|Study Completion Date:||January 2011|
|Primary Completion Date:||January 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
8 weeks of acupuncture, starting with twice a week for 4 weeks, followed by once a week for 4 weeks, using 8 standardized, bilateral acupuncture points.
Subjects will be recording daily headache activity on personal digital assistants (PDA's) for 12 weeks before and 12 weeks after 8 weeks of acupuncture intervention. MIDAS, HIT-6 and BDI-II measurements will be done at the beginning of the study (12 weeks pre-intervention), directly before the intervention, directly after, and 12 weeks post-intervention. Measurements will be compared before and after intervention. This is a follow-up to a successful earlier study when these same acupuncture points were used on subjects with chronic daily headache, the majority being migraine.
|United States, Pennsylvania|
|John P Murtha Neuroscience and Pain Institute|
|Johnstown, Pennsylvania, United States, 15904|
|Principal Investigator:||Sharon Plank, MD, LAc||John P. Murtha Neuroscience and Pain Institute|