Clinical Trial: Cost-effectiveness of and Long-term Outcomes Following Acupuncture Treatment for Osteoarthritis of the Knee

This study is no longer recruiting patients.

Sponsored by: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
Information provided by: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)


The purpose of this study is to estimate the cost-effectiveness of acupuncture and to determine the long-term outcomes and health care utilization of people with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee.

Condition Treatment or Intervention
Osteoarthritis, Knee
 Procedure: Acupuncture

MedlinePlus related topics:  Osteoarthritis

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Treatment, Randomized

Further Study Details: 

Study start: August 1999;  Study completion: July 2004

Osteoarthritis (OA) makes up a large proportion of the disability and economic costs in the U.S. The knee is the most common site of OA and is a common cause of disability and the leading indication of total knee replacement in the elderly. There are presently no curative therapies for OA. Recently, increased attention has focused on the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies, such as acupuncture, especially for patients who have failed to respond to more standard therapy. Little is known of the long-term health services utilization and outcomes of patients with knee OA. This study will evaluate the cost effectiveness and overall outcomes of acupuncture for OA treatment.

Participants in this study will be randomly assigned to receive either acupuncture or placebo. Surveys and questionnaires will be used to assess participants. Data will be collected on the short- and long-term utilization of health services as well as on pain and physical function.


Ages Eligible for Study:  50 Years and above,  Genders Eligible for Study:  Both

Accepts Healthy Volunteers


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of osteoarthritis (OA)

Location Information

      University of Maryland Baltimore, Baltimore,  Maryland,  21207,  United States

Study chairs or principal investigators

Dr. Marc C. Hochberg,  Principal Investigator,  University of Maryland Osteoporosis Clinic   

More Information

Publications that report results of this study

Berman BM, Lao L, Langenberg P, Lee WL, Gilpin AM, Hochberg MC. Effectiveness of acupuncture as adjunctive therapy in osteoarthritis of the knee: a randomized, controlled trial. Ann Intern Med. 2004 Dec 21;141(12):901-10. Summary for patients in: Ann Intern Med. 2004 Dec 21;141(12):I20.

Study ID Numbers:  1 P50 AT00084-01P1; 1 P50 AT00084-01
Record last reviewed:  January 2005
Last Updated:  January 26, 2005
Record first received:  February 2, 2001 Identifier:  NCT00010647
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government processed this record on 2005-04-08

Cache Date: April 9, 2005