Claudia Citkovitz, M.S. L.Ac.

Chief, Section on Acupuncture
Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation
Lutheran Medical Center
150 55th Street, Brooklyn NY 11220 USA

Ms. Citkovitz has taught and researched acupuncture practice in the hospital inpatient setting since 2004. Her research interests include: acupuncture in inpatient care; effectiveness and cost-effectiveness in public health; treatment manualization; use of patient and practitioner perspectives in assessing treatment effect; and the general question of external validity in acupuncture

PhD Project

ACUPUNCTURE DURING ACUTE STROKE RECOVERY AND REHABILITATION: IDENTIFYING PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS THAT PREDICT POSITIVE RESPONSE TO ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT. A CONCURRENT COHORT STUDY.

Past research in acupuncture for stroke rehabilitation has targeted single outcomes (motor function, ambulation, aphasia, dysphagia, etc) with promising but inconsistent results. It has been hypothesized that motor function can only be significantly affected by acupuncture in patients with moderate degrees of damage to motor tracts (mild damage generally recovers regardless of intervention and severe damage does not, regardless of interventions used). Conversely, non-motor-related outcomes (depression, aphasia, digestive difficulties) may be expected to show any effects of acupuncture across a wider range of severity. This study aims to inform future inclusion/exclusion critera and choices of outcome measure by assessing apparent acupuncture effects across a spectrum of motor-related and non-motor-related outcome measures, in relation to degree of damage to descending motor tracts. 

PUBLICATIONS

CITKOVITZ, C., KLIMENKO, E., BOLYAI, M., APPLEWHITE, L., JULLIARD, K. & WEINER, Z. 2009. Effects of acupuncture during labor and delivery in a U.S. hospital setting: a case-control pilot study. J Altern Complement Med, 15, 501-5.

JULLIARD, K. N., CITKOVITZ, C. & MCDANIEL, D. 2007. Towards a model for planning clinical research in Oriental medicine. Explore (NY), 3, 118-28.

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