Standardization and future directions in pattern identification research: International brainstorming session

Chin J Integr Med. 2016 Sep;22(9):714-20. doi: 10.1007/s11655-014-1989-x. Epub 2014 Dec 9.


An international brainstorming session on standardizing pattern identification (PI) was held at the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine on October 1, 2013 in Daejeon, South Korea. This brainstorming session was convened to gather insights from international traditional East Asian medicine specialists regarding PI standardization. With eight presentations and discussion sessions, the meeting allowed participants to discuss research methods and diagnostic systems used in traditional medicine for PI. One speaker presented a talk titled "The diagnostic criteria for blood stasis syndrome: implications for standardization of PI". Four speakers presented on future strategies and objective measurement tools that could be used in PI research. Later, participants shared information and methodology for accurate diagnosis and PI. They also discussed the necessity for standardizing PI and methods for international collaborations in pattern research.

Keywords: Chinese medicine; international symposium; pattern identification.

MeSH terms

  • Internationality*
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional / standards*
  • Reference Standards
  • Research*