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Table 1 Response of acupuncturists to by country

From: Perception of Deqi by Chinese and American acupuncturists: a pilot survey

Question Response US China Pooled z P
n % n % n %
What deqi sensory Both the patient and acupuncturist 16 72.7 17 81 33 76.7   
experience is more Patient 3 13.6 2 9.5 5 11.6   
improtant for clinical Acupuncturist 1 4.6 1 4.8 2 4.7   
efficacy? Blank 2 9.0 1 4.8 3 7.0   
What is the relationship Occur together 7 53.8 5 31.3 12 41.4   
between needle grasping and Not related 0 0.0 1 6.2 1 3.4   
patient deqi experience? Sometimes occur together 2 15.4 7 43.8 9 31.0   
  Unsure 4 31.0 2 12.5 6 21.0   
  Blank 0 0.0 1 4.8 1 3.4   
Do patients Yes 2 9.1 15 71.4 17 40.0 5.37*** 0.000
like the sensations of deqi? No 8 36.4 0 0.0 8 18.6 3.55** 0.004
  Neutral 6 27.3 6 19.1 12 23.2   
  Not felt 0 0.0 1 4.8 1 2.3   
  Other 2 9.1 1 4.8 3 7.0   
  Blank 4 18.2 0 0.0 4 9.3   
Does a correlation exist Positive 13 65.0 17 81.0 30 73.2   
between deqi and clinical Negative 1 5.0 0 0.0 1 2.4   
efficacy? Unsure 1 5.0 3 14.3 4 9.8   
  Other 0 0.0 1 4.8 1 2.4   
  Blank 5 25.0 0 0.0 5 12.2   
  1. Significant difference was observed between cultures in patient attitude: Test of two proportions between China and US using Fischer's exact P-values showed patients in China liked the sensations while those in the US did not (***P < 0.001; **P < 0.01).