Gateway to Acupuncture
         Traditional Acupuncture in York and Darlington
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Research at Gateway

At Gateway the results of your treatment will be carefully monitored to help us both to more accurately assess whether the treatment is really beneficial. Sometimes this will involve using validated outcome measures and the completion of brief questionnaires. All information collected will be shared and discussed with you.

Collecting data in this way, rather than in the confines of a clinical trial, can be useful information for practitioners of a therapy. If it is used in this way it is considered to be 'practice based evidence'. These days 'evidence based practice' is thought to be the gold standard for clinical work with information from randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews that put all the information from these trials together. In reality, in the field of complementary medicine and particularly acupuncture, collecting data about how patients respond to treatment is, arguably more useful for practitioners to make clinical judgments than much of the efficacy research that is designed to investigate a particular group of acupuncture points for a specific illness. Clinical trials of acupuncture can be problematic and are also likely to underestimate the potential effect size because of limited external validity - which essentially means the treatment under investigation bears little semblance to real world clinical practice. Traditional acupuncture is usually a much more iterative process whereby treatment is finely tuned to the patient's changing needs.

I want to give you the very best chance of getting well, and in my view it is important for me to have good quality information that I can reflect on to decide what worked and why. My views about some of the limitations of current research on acupuncture (for depression), which was one area of focus for my PhD work, can be read in academic articles I have written, which are listed below.


Schroer S and Adamson J. Acupuncture: Practices, Benefits and Limitation; Evaluating acupuncture for depression and identifying a therapeutic niche in the UK context: a mixed method approach. Advances in Medicine and Biology;Vol 39

Schroer S, Kanaan M, MacPherson H and Adamson J (2011). Acupuncture for depression: exploring model validity and the related issue of credibility in the context of designing a pragmatic RCT. CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics

Schroer S and Adamson J (2010) Acupuncture for depression: a critique of the evidence base CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics

Schroer, S; MacPherson, H and Adamson, J (2009) Designing a RCT of acupuncture for depression - identifying appropriate patient groups: a qualitative study. Family Practice 2009 Jun;26(3):188-95.

Schroer S and MacPherson, H . (2009) Acupuncture, or non-directive counselling versus usual care for the treatment of depression: a pilot study. Trials 2009 10 (3)

MacPherson H and Schroer S. (2006) Acupuncture as a complex intervention for depression: A consensus method to develop a standardised treatment protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Complementary Therapies in Medicine 2006;15(2): 92-100

Schroer, S. (2005) Acupuncture narratives: patients explanatory models of acupuncture. European Journal of Oriental Medicine 5 (1): 34-43

Lo, V. and Schroer, S. (2005) Deviant Airs in “Traditional” Chinese medicine in Asian Medicine and Globalization (Ed, J, Alter). Philadelphia: Pennsylvania Press.

Schroer, S. (2004) Polluted bodies, individual responsibility and personal blame: A study of contemporary practice in the European context in relation to the Chinese medical concept of Xie. European Journal of Oriental Medicine 4 (5): 40-45

Sylvia Schroer was series editor for the UK, Australia and South Africa of the Chinese Medicine Cures books by Bob Flaws published by Foulsham. Titles include: PMS, Asthma and Hayfever, Depression, Arthritis, Headaches and Insomnia.
Gateway to Acupuncture

Miller's Yard, 2 & 4 Millers Yard, Gillygate, York, tel. 07779 799110
The Civic Clinic, 2 Melland Street, Darlington tel. 01325 381326/07779 799110