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Table 2 Intra-group comparison of the effect of the therapies on MoCA score

From: Efficacy and safety assessment of acupuncture and nimodipine to treat mild cognitive impairment after cerebral infarction: a randomized controlled trial

  Nimodipine alone Acupuncture alone Nimodipine + Acupuncture
n = 39, Mean (SD) n = 40, Mean (SD) n = 40, Mean (SD)
MoCA Increase % MoCA Increase % MoCA Increase %
Baseline 21.1 (4.3) n/a n/a 21.8 (3.5) n/a n/a 20.5 (3.9) n/a n/a
After treatment 23.5 (4.6)a 2.4 (2.1) 12.7 (14.1) 25.4 (4.1)a 3.6 (2.4) 16.8 (13.1) 24.5 (3.3)a 4.0 (2.0)b 21.6 (14.3)c
At follow-up 24.2 (4.6)a 3.1 (1.8) 15.8 (10.9) 26.1 (3.6)a 4.3 (2.3) 20.9 (13.8) 26.0 (2.8)a 5.5 (2.2)b 30.2 (19.7)c
  1. MoCA score increase was calculated as: MoCA score at the end of the therapy or at the follow-up – baseline MoCA score. MoCA % increase was calculated as: MoCA score increase ÷ baseline MoCA score × 100 %. arepresents significant different between the indicated score vs. the baseline MoCA score in each group. brepresents significant different between the indicated values (P = 0.002). crepresents significantly different between the indicated values (P = 0.037)