Different Modes of Assessment on Acupuncture Effect on Patients With Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome

  • End date
    Oct 30, 2021
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Guang'anmen Hospital of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences
Updated on 26 January 2021


Background: Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) is a common disorder. Some studies have indicated that acupuncture may ameliorate the symptoms of CP/CPPS. However, results are varied and range widely, perhaps due to different modes of assessment including timepoints, places of assessment, and especially subjective scales. We propose to determine the efficacy of acupuncture relative to sham acupuncture for patients with CP/CPPS, and compare different modes of assessment regarding the therapeutic effects of acupuncture.

Methods: Sixty patients with CP/CPPS will be randomly assigned to receive either acupuncture or sham-acupuncture (30 patients, each). Treatment will be conducted 3 times/week, for 4 weeks. The primary outcomes will each be the change from baseline of the total NIH (National Institutes of Health) CPSI (Chronic Prostatitis Symptom Index) score associated with 3 modes of assessment: Mode 1, the scale recorded at the hospital within 10minutes after the last session of 4 weeks of acupuncture treatment, in the company of the outcome assessors; Mode 2, the scale recorded the same day, but not at the hospital; and Mode 3, the scale recorded at the hospital 1 to 3 days after the last acupuncture session. The 3 key secondary outcomes include will be the 3 modes assessment of the changes from baseline of the NIH-CPSI total scores in the acupuncture group at week 4 after treatment. Analysis was by intention-to-treat, and multiplicity was controlled for with a step-down closed-testing procedure.

Condition Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome, Chronic Prostatitis
Treatment Acupuncture, Sham acupuncture
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03641807
SponsorGuang'anmen Hospital of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences
Last Modified on26 January 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

meet the diagnostic criteria according to the NIH CP/CPPS consensus: discomfort or pain in the pelvic region for at least 3 months in the previous 6 months
-50 years
NIH-CPSI total score 15

Exclusion Criteria

Urologic disease
Residual urine volume 100 milliliter (mL)
Qmax 15mL/s
Use 5-alpha reductase inhibitor, alpha-blockers, antibiotics or any other prostatitis-specific medication during previous 1 month
Diseases that influence urologic symptoms are multiple sclerosis, multiple system atrophy, stroke, Alzheimer disease, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injury, cauda equina injury, and sexually transmitted disease
Any acute disease or severe disease requiring treatment
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