Table 4 

Quality of life pre and post treatment (SF36 scales) 

Acupuncture 
Homoeopathy 



Baseline 
Post Measurement 
Effect sizes (d)$ 
Baseline 
6 months post 
Effect sizes (d^{$}) 



Physical Functioning (PF) 
N = 4029 mean = 70 SD = 26 
N = 3070 mean = 77 SD = 24 
d = .28 
N = 359 mean = 84 SD = 21 
N = 301 mean = 89 SD = 18 
d = .24 
Role Physical (RP) 
N = 3950 mean = 44 SD = 41 
N = 3019 mean = 64# SD = 41 
d = .49 
N = 359 mean = 62 SD = 41 
N = 301 mean = 83# SD = 32 
d = .51 
Bodily Pain (BP) 
N = 4220 mean = 36 SD = 26 
N = 3147 mean = 49# SD = 27 
d = .45 
N = 373 mean = 57 SD = 31 
N = 312 mean = 73# SD = 30 
d = .52 
Gen. Health Perception (GH) 
N = 4094 mean = 54 SD = 20 
N = 3075 mean = 59 SD = 19 
d = .26 
N = 368 mean = 53 SD = 19 
N = 305 mean = 68# SD = 20 
d = .79 
Vitality (VT) 
N = 4214 mean = 46 SD = 19 
N = 3140 mean = 54 SD = 19 
d = .36 
N = 376 mean = 48 SD = 18 
N = 309 mean = 61# SD = 19 
d = .72 
Social Functioning (SF) 
N = 4293 mean = 70 SD = 25 
N = 3194 mean = 79# SD = 22 
d = .37 
N = 378 mean = 72 SD = 25 
N = 314 mean = 84# SD = 20 
d = .48 
Role Emotional (RE) 
N = 3875 mean = 68 SD = 41 
N = 2977 mean = 78# SD = 37 
d = .23 
N = 356 mean = 73 SD = 39 
N = 298 mean = 87# SD = 30 
d = .36 
Mental Health (MH) 
N = 4170 mean = 60 SD = 19 
N = 3117 mean = 67 SD = 18 
d = .31 
N = 376 mean = 59 SD = 18 
N = 312 mean = 69# SD = 16 
d = .56 


# clinically relevant (>=10 % improvement) $ d means effect size according to Cohen, with (MEAN_{post } MEAN_{baseline})/SD_{baseline}, d < 0.3 defined as small, d < 0.8 is assumed as being middlesized, d > 0.8 is regarded as high [17] 

Güthlin et al. BMC Public Health 2004 4:6 doi:10.1186/1471245846 