Table 1

Strategies for retrieval of relevant studies evaluating the quality of acupuncture clinical trials

Search terms
Strategy 1
#1Acupuncture OR filiform acupuncture OR electroacupuncture OR moxibustion OR acupuncture and moxibustion OR ear acupuncture OR transcutaneous electrical stimulation OR acupoint application OR acupoint catgut embedding OR heat-sensitive moxibustion OR fire acupuncture OR acupoint injection OR warm needle OR small needle knife OR thumbtack needling OR skin needle OR intradermal needle OR scalp acupuncture OR eye needle OR body acupuncture OR hand twist needle OR triangular needle OR auriculotherapy
#2Quality OR quality evaluation OR quality control OR methodology quality
#3#1 AND #2
Strategy 2
#1Acupuncture OR filiform acupuncture OR electroacupuncture OR moxibustion OR acupuncture and moxibustion OR ear acupuncture OR transcutaneous electrical stimulation OR acupoint application OR acupoint catgut embedding OR heat-sensitive moxibustion OR fire acupuncture OR acupoint injection OR warm needle OR small needle knife OR thumbtack needling OR skin needle OR intradermal needle OR scalp acupuncture OR eye needle OR body acupuncture OR hand twist needle OR triangular needle OR auriculotherapy
#2Quality OR quality evaluation OR quality control OR methodology quality
#3Systematic review OR Meta-Analysis OR overview OR clinical guidelines OR expert consensus OR reporting guideline
#4#1 AND #2 AND #3