Table 2

Resource use
Acupuncture (n = 110) Usual care (n = 97) Mean difference (95%CI)
mean (SD) mean (SD)
GP visits
Baseline visits 1.67 (2.46) 1.65 (1.87) 0.02 (−0.58 to 0.63)
IBS related visits at baseline 0.22 (0.53) 0.36 (1.00) −0.14 (−0.36 to 0.07)
Visits during the trial 6.69 (8.69) 5.89 (5.74) 0.81 (−1.24 to 2.85)
IBS related visits during the trial 0.87 (1.83) 0.84 (1.62) 0.04 (−0.44 to 0.51)
Practice nurse
Baseline visits 0.42 (0.99) 0.46 (0.74) −0.05 (−0.29 to 0.20)
IBS related visits at baseline 0.05 (0.39) 0.02 (0.14) 0.03 ( −0.06 to 0.11)
Visits during the trial 2.48 (5.21) 1.99 (2.93) 0.49 (−0.69 to 1.67)
IBS related visits during the trial 0.12 (0.63) 0.05 (0.27) 0.07 (−0.07 to 0.20)
Elective hospitalisations
Baseline 0.01 (0.10) 0.00 (0.00) 0.01 (−0.01 to 0.03)
IBS related at baseline 0.00 (0.00) 0.00 (0.00) NA
During the trial 0.05 (0.21) 0.05 (0.22) 0.01 (−0.07 to 0.05)
IBS related during the trial 0.01 (0.10) 0.00 (0.00) 0.01 (−0.01 to 0.028)
Emergency hospitalisations
Baseline 0.04 (0.19) 0.09 (0.29) −0.06 (−0.12 to 0.01)
IBS related at baseline 0.01 (0.10) 0.00 (0.00) 0.01 (−0.01 to 0.03)
During the trial 0.25 (0.72) 0.32 (0.80) −0.07 (−0.28 to 0.13)
IBS related during the trial 0.03 (0.16) 0.00 (0.00) 0.03 (−0.01 to 0.06)
Outpatient clinics
Baseline 0.40 (1.00) 0.29 (0.66) 0.11 (−0.12 to 0.35)
IBS related at baseline 0.09 (0.35) 0.04 (0.20) 0.05 (−0.03 to 0.13)
During the trial 1.49 (2.30) 1.45 (2.45) 0.04 (−0.62 to 0.69)
IBS related during the trial 0.31 (0.98) 0.24 (0.83) 0.08 (−0.18 to 0.32)
Other NHS contacts
Baseline 0.07 (0.58) 0.06 (0.37) 0.01 (−0.12 to 0.13)
IBS related at baseline 0 (0) 0.01 (0.09) −0.01 ( −0.03 to 0.01)
During the trial 0.35 (1.10) 0.48 (2.13) −0.13 (−0.58 to 0.31)
IBS related during the trial 0.02 (0.18) 0 (0) 0.02 (−0.02 to 0.05)
Acupuncture sessions 9.18 (2.18) NA NA

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Stamuli et al. BMC Gastroenterology 2012 12:149   doi:10.1186/1471-230X-12-149

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