Acupuncture for those with depression and comorbid pain

Background Depression with comorbid pain is associated with a poor response to various treatments. The objective in this secondary analysis in the British Medical Journal (2014) was to determine whether patients reporting pain have different depression and pain outcomes over time in response to acupuncture, counselling or usual care.

Patients with depression and pain at baseline recovered less well from treatment over 3 months than those with depression and no pain. Reductions in both depression and pain were most marked in the acupuncture group, followed by the counselling group and then the usual care group.