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Table 1 Trial processes chart

From: A randomized controlled trial of acupuncture to treat functional constipation: design and protocol

Week -1 0 2 4 8
  Baseline Treatment Follow-up
Patients      
Medical history     
Physical examination  
Laboratory examination    
Informed consent     
Randomization     
Expectation of acupuncture     
Intervention      
Electro-acupuncture (EA) group 16 sessions of electro-acupuncture
Mosapride (M) group 5 mg mosapride citrate tablet, three times a day
Mosapride & Sham 16 sessions of sham electro-acupuncture and 5 mg mosapride citrate tablet, three times a day
Electro-acupuncture (MS) group
Outcomes      
Number of defecating events per week  
Shape and properties of stool  
Intensity of defecating difficulty  
SF-36    
SAS   
SDS   
PAC-QOL  
Trial evaluation      
Safety of electro-acupuncture   
Adverse event   
Reasons of drop-outs or withdrawals     
Patient’s compliance     
  1. SF-36, MOS item Short Form health survey; SAS, Self-Rating Anxiety Scale; SDS, Self-rating Depression Scale; PAC-QOL, patient assessment of constipation quality of life questionnaire.