Acupuncture improves sleep quality in cancer survivors with sleep disorders and chronic pain (PEACE)

Clinical Question

Is acupuncture effective in improving sleep quality in adult cancer survivors with comorbid sleep disorders and chronic pain?

Bottom line

In adult cancer survivors with comorbid musculoskeletal pain and sleep disturbance, electroacupuncture and auricular acupuncture were each more effective than usual care in improving sleep. These improvements were sustained for at least 12 weeks after completing the acupuncture sessions. 2b

Study design: Randomized controlled trial (nonblinded)

Funding: Government

Setting: Outpatient (specialty)


Henry C. Barry, MD, MS
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

Discuss this POEM


Bertus Johannes Reitsma

setup study

very narrowed selection of patients / very sort followup / maintenance ?

Arup Kumar Dhara

Impact assessment



Failure to include a sham accupuncture arm.

Very much agree with the reviewer's observation: "A stronger study would have included a sham acupuncture arm."