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A comparative study of the efficacy of Chinese herbal medicine Duhuo Jisheng decoction combined with DMARDs vs isolated DMARDs for rheumatoid arthritis: A protocol for systematic review and meta analysis.

  • Zhou, Xing1
  • Xiang, Kemeng1
  • Lu, Minyuan2, 3
  • Xia, Hanting4
  • Zhou, Xingchen4
  • Yuan, Xiangyao1
  • Wang, Zhenping1
  • Li, Kuanglin1
  • 1 Taizhou Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital, Taizhou City, Zhejiang Province.
  • 2 The First Clinical College, Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
  • 3 Fuzhou Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital, Fuzhou City, Fujian Province.
  • 4 Affiliated Hospital of Jiangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nanchang City, Jiangxi Province, China. , (China)
Published Article
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Dec 11, 2020
DOI: 10.1097/MD.0000000000023479
PMID: 33327279


Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune system disease that mainly affects joints throughout the body, causing joint pain, deformity, and even disability. The use of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) to treat RA has achieved certain effects, and Duohuo Jisheng decoction (DHJSD) is one of them. But there is no high-level evidence to support this result. The purpose of this work is to evaluate the effectiveness of DHJSD combined with DMARDs compared with isolated DMARDs for RA. We will search articles in 7 electronic databases including Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), Wanfang Data (WF), Chinese Scientific Journals Database (VIP), Chinese databases SinoMed (CBM), PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Library databases. All the publications, with no time restrictions, will be searched without any restriction of language and status, the time from the establishment of the database to October 2020. Two reviewers will independently assess the quality of the selected studies, NoteExpress and Excel software will be used to extract data, and the content will be stored in an electronic chart. Different researchers will separately screen the titles and abstracts of records acquired potential eligibility which comes from the electronic databases. Full-text screening and data extraction will be conducted afterward independently. Statistical analysis will be conducted using RevMan 5.4 software. This study will evaluate the efficacy and safety of DHJSD combined with DMARDs compared with isolated DMARDs in the treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis, to provide high-quality, evidence-based clinical recommendations. This study will provide reliable evidence on whether Duhuo Jisheng decoction combined with DMARDs compared with isolated DMARDs is more effective in treating RA. INPLASY2020100089.

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