Table 1

STRICTA item distribution

STRICTA items1994–1995 (%)1999–2000 (%)2004–2005 (%)2009–2010 (%)2014–2015 (%)
1.1) Is there a statement on the style of acupuncture?53.968.969.675.6 86.7
1.2) Is there a rationale for what they did? (ie, selection of points)?53.957.8 78.3 62.277.8
1.3) Are sources quoted to justify the rationale for the selection?38.542.250.042.2 57.8
2.1) Is there a description of the location of points?84.684.491.393.3 95.6
2.2) Is it explicit that the points are unilateral or bilateral?50.048.9 73.9 64.466.7
2.3) Are the numbers of needles inserted/points used reported?53.953.371.780.0 82.2
2.4) Are the depths of insertion reported?50.035.641.3 60.0 53.3
2.5) If the study protocol requires that a response be elicited, are the responses described?73.1
Not specified
26.9
Specified
57.8
Not specified
42.2
Specified
43.5
Not specified
56.5
Specified
33.3
Not specified
66.7
Specified
44.4
Not specified
55.6
Specified
2.6) Is the needle stimulation described?50.071.158.7 82.2 73.3
2.7) Is needle retention time recorded?50.048.947.8 82.2 68.9
2.8) Is the needle type reported?11.528.945.7 73.3 68.9
3.1) Is number of treatments reported?69.266.756.586.7 97.8
3.2) Is the frequency of treatment reported?69.271.167.484.4 95.6
4) Are co-interventions reported?15.4
Yes
84.6
No
26.7
Yes
73.3
No
10.9
Yes
89.9
No
53.3
Yes
46.7
No
55.6
Yes
44.4
No
5.1) Is the duration of relevant training reported?02.210.924.4 35.6
5.2) Is length of clinical experience reported?3.94.415.222.2 31.1
5.3) Is any expertise of the practitioner in the specific condition reported?11.5010.931.1 33.3
6.1) Is the intended effect of the control interventions and its appropriateness to the research question described? 80.8 66.776.168.980.0
6.2) Are the explanations that were given to participants of treatment and control interventions provided?3.911.115.235.6 57.8
6.3) Type of control used53.8
Sham/needle control
46.2
Other control
53.3
Sham/needle control
46.7
Other control
47.8
Sham/needle control
52.2
Other control
35.6
Sham/needle control
64.4
Other control
44.5
Sham/needle control
55.6
Other control
For sham or needle control
6.4) Is there a description of the location of points used?50.080.075.086.2 92.0
6.5) Is it explicit that the points are unilateral or bilateral?50.056.062.058.6 76.0
6.6) Are the numbers of needles inserted/placed reported?42.964.058.379.3 88.0
6.7) Are the depths of insertion reported?57.168.062.5 69.0 60.0
6.8) If the study protocol requires that a response be elicited, are the responses described?85.7
Not specified
14.3
Specified
80.0
Not specified
20.0
Specified
75.0
Not specified
25.0
Specified
41.4
Not specified
58.6
Specified
48.0
Not specified
52.0
Specified
6.9) Is the needle stimulation described?78.668.070.8 82.8 60.0
6.10) Is needle retention time recorded?64.356.045.875.9 76.0
6.11) Is the needle type reported?28.640.045.8 82.8 72.0
6.12) Is number of treatments reported?78.668.062.582.8 96.0
6.13) Is the frequency of treatment reported?78.676.066.779.3 92.0
For other controls
6.14) Is there a precise description of the intervention, including treatment regimen?58.340.059.181.3 95.0
6.15) Are the sources that justify the choice of control quoted?50.042.243.551.1 66.7