8:45am – 9:45am EDT (concurrent sessions)

SAR Global Ambassadors Meeting

Networking meeting for current SAR Global Ambassadors and other international participants who may interested in learning more about becoming a Global Ambassador for SAR

8:45am – 9:45am EDT (concurrent sessions)

Meet the Experts

An opportunity for junior researchers and practitioners to connect in one-on-one discussions with senior researchers and practitioners

10:00am – 12:00pm EDT

Workshop 1: Implementing an Implementation Science Study

Speaker: David Clark, DrPH, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

Implementation science is the scientific study of the use of strategies to adopt and integrate evidence-based health interventions into clinical and community settings to improve individual outcomes and benefit population health. This workshop will explain the basic elements of how an implementation science study is conducted. There will be an emphasis on study design and outcome measures.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will understand the differences between efficacy, effectiveness, and implementation science study designs.
  • Participants will be able to identify outcome measures appropriate for an implementation science research study.

12:15pm – 2:15pm EDT (concurrent workshops)

Workshop 2: Cochrane Risk of Bias 2.0: Using the New Cochrane Risk of Bias Tool with Acupuncture as an Example

Speaker: L. Susan Wieland, MPH, PhD, Co-Director, Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Cochrane systematic reviews are considered the gold standard for evaluating and summarizing evidence from randomized trials. The Cochrane risk of bias tool (RoB 1.0) has been a core Cochrane method for assessing the methodological quality of randomized trials since 2008. A substantial revision of this tool (RoB 2.0) was published in 2019 and use of RoB 2.0 will eventually be mandated for all Cochrane reviews. This workshop will bring RoB 2.0 and the latest Cochrane methods for risk of bias assessment to clinicians, educators, and researchers in acupuncture.

The hands-on workshop will provide an overview of RoB 2.0, followed by a supervised practice session in which participants will work through the assessment of a result from a randomized controlled trial of acupuncture. This first-hand experience in utilizing RoB 2.0 will equip participants to feel more confident in understanding and using Cochrane reviews, and demonstrate how they themselves could use the tool in systematic reviews.

The workshop will consist of three parts:

1) Presentation (45 minutes)
We will briefly introduce the participants to the Cochrane review process and how risk of bias is used in Cochrane reviews. We will then describe the differences between RoB 1.0 and RoB 2.0 and use examples to explain how each domain of bias is assessed in RoB 2.0 and an overall risk of bias (Low, Some concerns, High) is determined.

2) Hands-on experience (60 minutes)
We will supervise the participants in applying Risk of Bias 2.0 to a result from a randomized trial of acupuncture. Each domain will be thoroughly addressed in turn, using a recommended spreadsheet with macros to automate the final assessment of overall risk of bias.

3) Discussion and questions (15 minutes)
We will discuss how RoB 2.0 results may be displayed and implemented within a systematic review and answer any further questions.

Learning Objectives

1. Understand the role RoB 2.0 plays in the Cochrane review process;
2. Describe the individual components of RoB 2.0 and how an overall rating is determined; and
3. Use RoB 2.0 to assess the risk of bias for a result from a randomized trial of an acupuncture intervention.

12:15pm – 2:15pm EDT (concurrent workshops)

Workshop 3: Self-Care and Empowerment in the Digital World: Combination of eHealth Applications and Acupressure

Speakers: Suzanna M Zick, ND, MPH, Department of Family Medicine and Nutritional Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Linxin Zhang, Institute for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, University Hospital Zurich, University of Zurich, Switzerland; and Dr. Daniel Pach, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, corporate member of Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institute of Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Berlin, Germany

One of the major transformations in healthcare has been the popularity of digital or eHealth applications. These technologies span a wide range of uses, from monitoring heart rate to remote use of healthcare services.

Acupressure, which can be taught to patients, is the application of pressure by the fingers, thumb, or devices to acupoints to treat disease. Patients can be empowered to apply acupressure as a self-care technique. Currently, researchers are investigating various digital/eHealth techniques for delivery of acupressure to diverse patient populations. This research has many potential benefits for patients, clinicians, and health care systems including wider access, lower cost, and increasing the possible dose of acupressure.

This workshop will provide two examples of implementation of acupressure being utilized as digital/eHealth platforms. In addition, specific acupressure protocols for cancer-related fatigue and dysmenorrhea will be presented.

Digital/eHealth applications of acupressure are in their infancy. This workshop will also examine what other potential ways digital platforms could be used to enhance the delivery of acupressure.

Learning Objectives

The goal of this workshop is to:

  • Describe evidence-based information about acupressure delivered using eHealth/digital health models
  • Apply knowledge from evidence based eHealth/digital health acupressure studies to learn two acupressure protocols.
  • Formulate new ideas for using eHealth/digital health in research and clinical settings.