Claudia M Witt


Affiliation: Humboldt University
Country: Germany


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    Becker Witt C, Weisshuhn T, Lüdtke R, Willich S. Quality assessment of physical research in homeopathy. J Altern Complement Med. 2003;9:113-32 pubmed
    ..Except for those of high quality, all experiments should be repeated using stricter methodology and standardization before they are accepted as indications of special features of homeopathic potencies. ..
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    Witt C, Jena S, Brinkhaus B, Liecker B, Wegscheider K, Willich S. Acupuncture in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee or hip: a randomized, controlled trial with an additional nonrandomized arm. Arthritis Rheum. 2006;54:3485-93 pubmed
    ..These results indicate that acupuncture plus routine care is associated with marked clinical improvement in patients with chronic OA-associated pain of the knee or hip. ..
  3. Helmer S, Rogge A, Fischer F, Pach D, Horneber M, Roll S, et al. Evaluation of a blended-learning training concept to train oncology physicians to advise their patients about complementary and integrative medicine (KOKON-KTO): study protocol for a prospective, multi-center, cluster-randomized trial. Trials. 2019;20:90 pubmed publisher
    ..German Clinical Trials Register, ID: DRKS00012704 . Registered on 28 August 2017. ..
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    Witt C, Jena S, Selim D, Brinkhaus B, Reinhold T, Wruck K, et al. Pragmatic randomized trial evaluating the clinical and economic effectiveness of acupuncture for chronic low back pain. Am J Epidemiol. 2006;164:487-96 pubmed
    ..The incremental cost-effectiveness ratio was euro10,526 (euros) per quality-adjusted life year. Acupuncture plus routine care was associated with marked clinical improvements in these patients and was relatively cost-effective. ..
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    Witt C, Bluth M, Albrecht H, Weisshuhn T, Baumgartner S, Willich S. The in vitro evidence for an effect of high homeopathic potencies--a systematic review of the literature. Complement Ther Med. 2007;15:128-38 pubmed
    ..No positive result was stable enough to be reproduced by all investigators. A general adoption of succussed controls, randomization and blinding would strengthen the evidence of future experiments. ..
  6. Witt C, Pach D, Brinkhaus B, Wruck K, Tag B, Mank S, et al. Safety of acupuncture: results of a prospective observational study with 229,230 patients and introduction of a medical information and consent form. Forsch Komplementmed. 2009;16:91-7 pubmed publisher
    ..Acupuncture provided by physicians is a relatively safe treatment and the proposed consent form could support both patients and professionals in the process of obtaining informed consent. ..
  7. Witt C, Lüdtke R, Willich S. Homeopathic treatment of patients with chronic sinusitis: A prospective observational study with 8 years follow-up. BMC Ear Nose Throat Disord. 2009;9:7 pubmed publisher
    ..The extent to which the observed effects are due to the life-style regulation and placebo or context effects associated with the treatment needs clarification in future explanatory studies. ..
  8. Witt C, Reinhold T, Jena S, Brinkhaus B, Willich S. Cost-effectiveness of acupuncture in women and men with allergic rhinitis: a randomized controlled study in usual care. Am J Epidemiol. 2009;169:562-71 pubmed publisher
    ..Acupuncture, supplementary to routine care, was beneficial and, according to international benchmarks, cost-effective. However, because of the study design, it remains unclear whether the effects are acupuncture specific. ..
  9. Witt C, Lüdtke R, Wegscheider K, Willich S. Physician characteristics and variation in treatment outcomes: are better qualified and experienced physicians more successful in treating patients with chronic pain with acupuncture?. J Pain. 2010;11:431-5 pubmed publisher
    ..Other skills such as the therapeutic relationship, which are difficult to measure, may probably play a more important role and should be taken into consideration. ..

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  1. Witt C, Schützler L, Lüdtke R, Wegscheider K, Willich S. Patient characteristics and variation in treatment outcomes: which patients benefit most from acupuncture for chronic pain?. Clin J Pain. 2011;27:550-5 pubmed publisher
    ..049), and former positive acupuncture experience (P = 0.005). Future research to clarify the modifying effects with special focus on patients' expectations and other psychological variables is needed. ..
  2. Witt C. Clinical research on acupuncture - Concepts and guidance on efficacy and effectiveness research. Chin J Integr Med. 2011;17:166-72 pubmed publisher
  3. Witt C, Aickin M, Baca T, Cherkin D, Haan M, Hammerschlag R, et al. Effectiveness Guidance Document (EGD) for acupuncture research - a consensus document for conducting trials. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2012;12:148 pubmed publisher
    ..The present EGD, based on an international consensus developed with multiple stakeholder involvement, provides the first systematic methodological guidance for future CER on acupuncture. ..
  4. Blödt S, Mittring N, Schützler L, Fischer F, Holmberg C, Horneber M, et al. A consultation training program for physicians for communication about complementary medicine with breast cancer patients: a prospective, multi-center, cluster-randomized, mixed-method pilot study. BMC Cancer. 2016;16:843 pubmed
    ..A larger trial using more suitable quantitative outcomes needs to confirm this. NCT02223091 , date of registration: 7 February 2014. ..
  5. Witt C, Pach D, Reinhold T, Wruck K, Brinkhaus B, Mank S, et al. Treatment of the adverse effects from acupuncture and their economic impact: a prospective study in 73,406 patients with low back or neck pain. Eur J Pain. 2011;15:193-7 pubmed publisher
    ..047). Adverse effects from acupuncture occur in about 7% of patients and were mainly treated by themselves. When these effects needed treatment by a health professional additional expenses were the consequence...
  6. Witt C, Manheimer E, Hammerschlag R, Lüdtke R, Lao L, Tunis S, et al. How well do randomized trials inform decision making: systematic review using comparative effectiveness research measures on acupuncture for back pain. PLoS ONE. 2012;7:e32399 pubmed publisher
  7. Blödt S, Pach D, Eisenhart Rothe S, Lotz F, Roll S, Icke K, et al. Effectiveness of app-based self-acupressure for women with menstrual pain compared to usual care: a randomized pragmatic trial. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2018;218:227.e1-227.e9 pubmed publisher
    ..Effects were increasing over time, and adherence was good. Future trials should include comparisons with other active treatment options. ..