Table 2

Baseline characteristics of patients providing post randomization data. Values are number (percentage) or mean (standard deviation)

Acupuncture n = 25

Placebo n = 20


Female

15 (60%)

13 (65%)

Age

63.0 (12.8)

67.0 (11.4)

Diagnosis

breast

5 (20%)

4 (20%)

lung

20 (80%)

16 (80%)

Breathless at rest

9 (36%)

6 (30%)

Credibility score*

2.24 (0.46)

2.10 (0.59)

Steroid use:**

None

15 (60%)

9 (47%)

<40 mg prednisone equivalents

6 (24%)

8 (42%)

40+ mg prednisone equivalents

4 (16%)

2 (11%)

Diuretics**

3 (12%)

0 (0%)

Opiates**

5 (20%)

3 (16%)

Bronchodilators**

12 (48%)

7 (37%)

Fully compliant with acupressure+

8 (80%)°

6 (75%)°°


* two missing observations in acupuncture group; three missing observations in placebo group

** one missing observation in placebo group

+ n = 10 acupuncture, n = 8 placebo

° one patient completely non-compliant, one patient 85% compliant

°° one patient 33% compliant, one patient 85% compliant

Vickers et al. BMC Palliative Care 2005 4:5   doi:10.1186/1472-684X-4-5

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