What is the scope for improved integration of complementary and conventional medicine? An exploration of the views of acupuncture practitioners

Blanchard, C., Hanlon, P. and MacKenzie, M. (2009) What is the scope for improved integration of complementary and conventional medicine? An exploration of the views of acupuncture practitioners. European Journal of Oriental Medicine, 5(6),

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Abstract

This paper reports on a research project investigating the influences shaping acupuncture practice. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with a convenience sample of twelve acupuncturists based in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Themes discussed by the study population included: an increase in acupuncture usage, difficult but improving relationships between GPs and acupuncture practitioners, a growing acceptance of acupuncture practice within the context of integration with conventional practice with some remaining barriers, and the need for further research into acupuncture efficiency and cost-effectiveness. The study population believed acupuncture to be a way of life and defined health as a state of energy balance, with imbalances leading to ill-health. Emphasis was placed on the importance of a good practitioner-patient relationship and patients’ needs being met for the healing process. Finally, particular weight was given by the study population to the differences that are believed to exist between western and eastern philosophies.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hanlon, Professor Philip
Authors: Blanchard, C., Hanlon, P., and MacKenzie, M.
Subjects:R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Centre for Population and Health Sciences
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Public Health
Journal Name:European Journal of Oriental Medicine
ISSN:1351-6647

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