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Table 1 Details of the acupuncture treatment according to STRICTA

From: Hypoglossal acupuncture for acute chemotherapy-induced dysgeusia in patients with breast cancer: study protocol of a randomized, sham-controlled trial

STRICTA items Detailed protocol description
Acupuncture rationale (a) Style of acupuncture Traditional Chinese needle acupuncture
(b) Reasoning for treatment provided Selected traditional acupuncture points for dysfunction of the tongue
(c) Extent to which treatment was varied Acupuncture with immediate removal of the needle
Details of needling (a) Number of needle insertions Two needle insertions per subject
(b) Names of points used Jinjin (Ex-HN 12), Yuye (Ex-HN13)
(c) Depth of insertion 1–2 mm
(d) Response sought No De-Qi sensation
(e) Needle stimulation No stimulation
(f) Needle retention time 2–3 s for each acupuncture point
(g) Needle type TeWa CB-Type 2540 (0,25 × 40 mm), medical stainless steel with copper handle (asia-med GmbH & Co. KG, Germany)
Treatment regimen (a) Number of treatment sessions Single treatment session
(b) Frequency and duration of treatment sessions During the received chemotherapy administration
Other components of treatment (a) Details of concurrent interventions No concurrent interventions
(b) Setting and context of treatment Outpatient clinic, all treatments in a specific study center will be performed by the same practitioner
Practitioner background (a) Description of participating acupuncturists Licensed Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner with 5 years of studies at the Tianjin University (China) and 3 years of acupuncture treatment experience in a clinical oncological setting
Control or comparator interventions (a) Rationale for the control or comparator Non-penetrating sham acupuncture
(b) Precise description of the control or comparator Sham points: 1 to 1.5 cun (1 to 1.5 thumb’s width) beside the verum acupuncture points using the dull side of the needle