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ESP Report: Massage for Pain: An Evidence Map

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Massage for Pain: An Evidence Map

Principal Investigator: Isomi Miake-Lye, PhDc
Co-Investigators: Jason Lee, MD, MPH; Tana Lugar, PhD, MPH; Stephanie Taylor, PhD, MPH; Paul Shekelle, MD, PhD
Research Associates: Roberta Shanman, MLS; Jessica Beroes, BS

Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) Center, West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Washington (DC): Department of Veterans Affairs; September 2016.

Download PDF: Complete Report, Abstract, Report, Appendices


Given the widespread use of various massage therapies for pain, we conducted an evidence mapping process to determine the distribution of evidence available for various pain indications as well as different forms of massage therapy, identify gaps in evidence, and inform future research priorities. This mapping project provides a visual overview of the distribution of evidence for massage therapy for indications of pain, as well as an accompanying narrative that will help stakeholders interpret the state of evidence to inform policy and clinical decision-making.

See also

Massage for Pain: An Evidence Map (Management eBrief)

Miake-Lye I, Mak S, Lee J, et al. Massage for Pain: An Evidence Map. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Published online March 2019.

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