Extending the CONSORT Statement to moxibustion

J Integr Med. 2013 Jan;11(1):54-63. doi: 10.3736/jintegrmed2013009.


The STandards for Reporting Interventions in Clinical Trials Of Moxibustion (STRICTOM), in the form of a checklist and descriptions of checklist items, were designed to improve reporting of moxibustion trials, and thereby facilitating their interpretation and replication. The STRICTOM checklist included 7 items and 16 sub-items. These set out reporting guidelines for the moxibustion rationale, details of moxibustion, treatment regimen, other components of treatment, treatment provider background, control and comparator interventions, and precaution measures. In addition, there were descriptions of each item and examples of good reporting. It is intended that the STRICTOM can be used in conjunction with the main CONSORT Statement, extensions for nonpharmacologic treatment and pragmatic trials, and thereby raise the quality of reporting of clinical trials of moxibustion. Further comments will be solicited from the experts of the CONSORT Group, the STRICTA Group, acupuncture and moxibustion societies, and clinical trial authors for optimizing the STRICTOM.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Trials as Topic / methods
  • Clinical Trials as Topic / standards
  • Humans
  • Moxibustion / methods
  • Moxibustion / standards*
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic*
  • Research Design / standards