Herbal medicine for idiopathic central precocious puberty: A protocol for a systematic review of controlled trials

Hye Lim Lee, Yoo Been Lee, Jun-Yong Choi, Ju Ah Lee
Medicine (Baltimore) 2018, 97 (13): e0267

BACKGROUND: Herbal medicine is widely used in East Asia to treat idiopathic central precocious puberty (ICPP). Most of the available clinical trials that investigated herbal medicine for ICPP have been included in this review. This systematic review will assess the efficacy and safety of herbal medicine for ICPP.

METHODS: Eleven databases, including Asian databases, will be searched for studies conducted through 2018. We will include randomized controlled trials assessing herbal medicine for ICPP. The risk of bias will be evaluated using the Cochrane risk of bias assessment tool, and confidence in the cumulative evidence will be evaluated using the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation instrument.

ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: This systematic review will be published in a peer-reviewed journal and disseminated both electronically and in print. The review will be updated to inform and guide health care practices.


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