Bill Hall NIH Office of Medical Applications of Research 301-496-4819; November 3-5: 301-641-3813
Anita Greene NIH Office of Alternative Medicine 301-496-7790
Consensus Development Conference on Acupuncture
What is the efficacy of acupuncture, compared with placebo or sham acupuncture, in the conditions for which sufficient data are available to evaluate?
What is the place of acupuncture in the treatment of various conditions (for which sufficient data are available), in comparison with or in combination with other interventions (including no intervention)?
What is known about the biological effects of acupuncture that helps us understand how it works?
What issues need to be addressed so that acupuncture may be appropriately incorporated into today's health care system?
What are the directions for future research?
The panel will present its draft statement to the public for comment at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, November 5. Following this public comment session, the panel will release its revised consensus statement at a news conference at 1 p.m. and take questions from the media. Dr. Ramsay will moderate the news conference. The consensus statement is the report of an independent panel and is not a policy statement of the NIH or the Federal Government.
The NIH Consensus Development Program was established in 1977 as a form of "science court" to resolve in an unbiased manner controversial topics in medicine. To date, NIH has conducted 106 such conferences addressing a wide range of controversial medical issues important to health care providers, patients, and the general public. An average of six consensus conferences are held each year.
Additional information about this conference, including the meeting agenda, local area hotels, and directions to NIH, is available at the NIH Consensus Development Program Web site at http://consensus.nih.gov. To register for the conference, call 301-468-MEET, send e-mail to NIHconsensus@ProspectAssoc.com, or visit the Web site.
NOTE TO RADIO EDITORS: An audio report of the conference results will be available November 5-14, 1997 from the NIH Radio News Service by calling 1-800-MED-DIAL (1-800-633-3425) or by visiting http://www.radiospace.com/nihhome.htm on the Web.