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Table 1 Schedule for treatment and outcome assessment

From: An open-label study of effects of acupuncture on chronic fatigue syndrome and idiopathic chronic fatigue: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Period Screening Treatment Follow-up
Visit 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Week   1~4 5 13
Informed consent             
Demographic characteristics             
Medical history             
Laboratory test, chest X-ray, electrocardiogram, pregnancy test             
Inclusion/exclusion criteria             
Numeric rating scale          
Vital signs
Change of medical history  
Random allocation             
Treatment expectancy questionnaire             
Chronic fatigue syndrome questionnaire             
Fatigue Severity Scale          
A short form of Stress Response Inventory          
Beck Depression Inventory          
EuroQol-5 Dimension          
Acupuncture treatment     
Safety assessment  
  1. •, all groups; , treatment groups.