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Table 2 Revised STandards for Reporting Intervention in Clinical Trials of Acupuncture (STRICTA)

From: Effects of Dangguixu-san on acute lateral ankle sprain: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

  Item criteria Description
1.Acupuncture rationale 1a. Style of acupuncture Korean Medicine Therapy
1b. Reasoning for treatment provided – based on historical context, literature sources, and/or consensus methods, with references where appropriate 1. Discussion among four physicians who practice Korean medicine (consensus)
2. Textbook of acupuncture and moxibustion medicine
3. Relevant articles [20]
Selection of treatment regions based on textbooks, related papers, and expert discussions
1c. Extent to which treatment varied Standardized treatment
2. Details of needling 2a. Number of needle insertions per subject per session (mean and range where relevant) 8
2b. Names (or location if no standard name) of points used (uni-/bilateral) ST36, ST41, BL60, BL62, KI3, KI6, GB39, GB40
2c. Depth of insertion, based on a specified unit of measurement or on a particular tissue level The depth of insertion is 10 to 20 mm, depending on the location of the needle [21]
2d. Responses sought No de qi or muscle twitching – only sensation due to needle insertion
2e. Needle stimulation None
2f. Needle retention time 15 min per session
2 g. Needle type sterile, stainless, disposable acupuncture needles (size 0.25 × 30mm; Dong Bang Acupuncture, Inc., Boryeong, Republic of Korea; product no: A 84010.02)
3. Treatment regimen 3a. Number of treatment sessions 5
3b. Frequency and duration of treatment sessions Five times/week for 1 week, 15 min per session
4. Other treatment components 4a. Details of other interventions administered to the acupuncture group None
4b. Setting and context of treatment – including instructions to practitioners – as well as information and explanations given to patients Practitioner-patient conversation about the context of the treatment, life habits, and daily life management
5. Practitioner background 5a. Description of participating acupuncturists Korean medicine physician with the following qualifications: 6 years of formal university training in Korean medicine, a license, and at least 1 year of clinical experience
6. Control or comparator interventions 6a. Rationale for the control or comparator in the context of the research question, with sources that justify the choice Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine. Ankle sprain Korean Medicine Clinical Practice Guideline. Seoul: Elsevier Korea. L.C.C. 2015;163–7
6b. Precise description of the control or comparator; details for items 1–3 above with the use of sham acupuncture or any other type of acupuncture-like control Acupuncture combined with a Kinesiotape (AcuKT) group will receive the ankle meridian tendino-musculature and figure-of-eight-shaped form of KT treatment after acupuncture treatment by same practitioner. The KT treatment method will be conducted as follows: first, an I-shaped tape will be applied from ST42 to ST36 over the tibialis anterior muscle. Second, an I-shaped tape will be applied from GB42 to GB34 over the peroneus longus and brevis muscles. Third, an I-shaped tape will be applied from the abductor digiti minimi muscle and wrapped around the ankle in a figure-of-eight shape to the abductor hallucis muscle covering both the medial and lateral malleoli