Eric Manheimer, MS; Adrian White, MD, BM, BCh; Brian Berman, MD; Kelly Forys, MA; Edzard Ernst, MD, PhD
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Acknowledgments: The authors thank M. Romoli for providing the report of Nobili and colleagues (46) and interpreting aspects of the study; H. Yamashita and Y. Mukaino for repeatedly surveying Japanese databases and for extracting data from relevant studies; T. Alraek for extracting data from a study in Norwegian; J. Park and L. Lao for extracting data from a Chinese study; Barbara Wider for advice on several translation problems; Johan Nguyen for providing access to his GERA database and providing some reports; Basia Kielczynska for detailed explanation of the paper by Lopacz in Polish; Heather Dubnick for reviewing and editing the manuscript and providing helpful comments; Aakanksha Khandelwal and Phuong Pham for assisting with data checks; and Tiffanie Sim for assisting with charts.
Grant Support: By the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (grant no. R24 AT001293; E. Manheimer, B. Berman, and K. Forys) and BackCare and the British Medical Acupuncture Society (A. White).
Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest: Employment: A. White (British Medical Acupuncture Society); Grants received: A. White (BackCare), B. Berman (National Institutes of Health); Grants pending: B. Berman (National Institutes of Health).
Requests for Single Reprints: Eric Manheimer, MS, Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 2200 Kernan Drive, Kernan Hospital Mansion, Baltimore, MD 21207.
Current Author Addresses: Mr. Manheimer and Dr. Berman: Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 2200 Kernan Drive, Kernan Hospital Mansion, Baltimore, MD 21207.
Dr. White: Peninsula Medical School, ITTC Building, Tamar Science Park, Plymouth PL6 8BX, United Kingdom.
Ms. Forys: Department of Psychology 116B, VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, 3801 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304.
Dr. Ernst: Complementary Medicine, Peninsula Medical School, 25 Victoria Park Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 4NT, United Kingdom.
Manheimer E, White A, Berman B, Forys K, Ernst E. Meta-Analysis: Acupuncture for Low Back Pain. Ann Intern Med. 2005;142:651-663. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-142-8-200504190-00014
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2005;142(8):651-663.
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