Letter by Dorlo Regarding Article, “Acupuncture Therapy and Incidence of Depression After Stroke”
To the Editor:
Lu et al1 investigated the value of acupuncture in preventing depression in patients with stroke using a Taiwanese national insurance claim database. As reasonably expected, their findings were negative, in the sense that they could not prove their hypothesis that acupuncture use within 3 months of discharge is associated with a lower hazard of developing depression in stroke survivors compared with nonusers of acupuncture. Their conclusion that acupuncture use “was not associated with subsequent incidence of depression” perhaps should have been paraphrased as acupuncture has no role in the prevention of poststroke depression.
The authors …