ARRC Symposium 2016
Bridging the gap between
research and practice

Saturday 19 March 2016
King’s College,
London, The Strand

The speakers for the forthcoming ARRC Symposium have now been finalised and we hope you will find the line up as interesting as we do! We have invited leading acupuncture researchers from all around the world to London’s King’s College on Saturday 19th March 2016 to share the results of their latest research with you.

Please visit the ARRC symposium website for full information and to book your place - if you book your place by Friday 26 February you get a special discount.

Spotlight on symposium speaker Claudia Citkovitz

Title: Individualised acupuncture treatments during stroke rehabilitation: balancing individuality with repeatability

Summary: Defining the acupuncture intervention is a central problem for acupuncture research. In the past, efficacy trials have used standardized or semi-standardized acupuncture point protocols, which have been criticized as unrepresentative of clinical practice. This study developed and executed a method for creating a treatment manual from the interaction between experienced practitioners and the existing evidence base. The process was based on review of manualization in acupuncture and other disciplines including psychology, nursing, rehabilitation medicine and science studies. The manual was developed by a team of 5 experienced acupuncturists at an acute inpatient rehabilitation unit in a hospital in Brooklyn, New York in 2011-2012. In 2012-2013, the same team used the manual in a concurrent cohort study (N=48) of patients accepting and declining acupuncture during inpatient stroke rehabilitation (5-30 days post stroke). The final format of the manual, as well as the development process, may be of use for future research as well as development of clinical practice guidelines.

About Claudia: Citkovitz Claudia is Director of the Acupuncture Service at NYU Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Through that program she and a team of preceptors and trainees provide acupuncture therapy to inpatients in the Neurological/Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Labor and Delivery units, as well as clinical instruction for Master’s, doctoral and postgraduate students. Ms. Citkovitz is an adjunct faculty member at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She has published research in acupuncture during Labor and Delivery and acupuncture research methods, and is currently completing a research PhD on acupuncture during stroke rehabilitation, under Volker Scheid at the University of Westminster in London. She sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and the Institutional Review Board of Touro College.


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Presentations at the 18th ARRC symposium:

Claudia Citkovitz

NYU Lutheran Medical Center

Individualised acupuncture treatments during stroke rehabilitation: balancing individuality with repeatability


Hugh MacPherson

University of York

Perspectives on why so many published trials of acupuncture are "negative"


Peggy Bosch

Radbouod University, Nijmegen, Netherlands

Needles on the couch: acupuncture in the treatment of depression, schizophrenia and sleep disorders


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