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Table 1 Schedule for treatment and outcome measurements

From: Electroacupuncture plus moxibustion therapy for patients with major depressive disorder: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Period S T Follow-up
Visit   1 2 3 4–12 13 14 15–18 19 20 21 22
Week   1 1 1 2–4 5 5 6–7 8 8 9 13
Informed consent            
Inclusion/exclusion criteria            
Laboratory testa            
Vital signs
Demographic characteristics            
Medical history/BMI            
SRRS            
SDTS            
Random allocation   b           
Change of history  
Treatment     
HAM-D b     b     
BDI   b     b     
EQ-5D   b     b     
ISI   b     b     
STAI   b     b     
MYMOP2   b     b     
EEG   b     b     
Pattern identification   b           
Safety assessment  
Blinding test             
  1. S screening period, T treatment period, BMI Body Mass Index, SRRS Social Readjustment of Rating Scale, SDTS Screening for Depression and Thoughts of Suicide, HAM-D Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression, BDI Beck’s Depression Inventory, EQ-5D EuroQol-5 Dimension Index, ISI Insomnia Severity Index, STAI State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, MYMOP2 Measure Yourself Medical Outcome Profile version 2, EEG electroencephalography
  2. aComplete blood count and differential count, blood urea nitrogen, creatinine, aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase, total bilirubin, albumin, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, thyroid-stimulating hormone, free thyroxine, human chorionic gonadotropin urine test (only for women in their childbearing years)
  3. bBefore treatment