The Practice of Acupuncture: Who Are the Providers and What Do They Do?
doi: 10.1370/afm.248 Ann Fam Med March 1, 2005 vol. 3 no. 2 151-158 Karen J. Sherman, Daniel C. Cherkin, David M. Eisenber CORRESPONDING AUTHOR: Karen J. Sherman, PhD, Center for Health Studies, Group Health Cooperative, 1730 Minor Ave, Suite 1600, Seattle, WA 98101, firstname.lastname@example.org
PURPOSE This study provides basic information about the training and practices of licensed acupuncturists.
METHODS Randomly selected licensed acupuncturists in Massachusetts and Washington state were interviewed and asked to record information on 20 consecutive patient visits.
RESULTS Most acupuncturists in both states had 3 or 4 years of academic acupuncture training and had received additional “postgraduate” training as well. Acupuncturists treated a wide range of conditions, including musculoskeletal problems (usually back, neck, and shoulder) (33% in Massachusetts and 47% in Washington), general body symptoms (12% and 9%, respectively) such as fatigue, neurological problems…
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