Logo of jroyalcgpracBJGP at RCGPBJGP at PubMed CentralJ R Coll Gen Pract at PubMed CentralRCGP homepage
J R Coll Gen Pract. Feb 1987; 37(295): 52–55.
PMCID: PMC1710702

General practitioners and alternative medicine


A questionnaire on the views, beliefs and attitudes of doctors regarding alternative medicine was sent to 274 general practitioners. Of the 222 who replied, 31% said that they had a working knowledge of at least one form of alternative medicine, 29% had read publications on alternative medicine and 41% had attended lectures or classes in alternative medicine. Twelve per cent had received training and 42% wanted further training in an alternative form of medicine; 16% currently practised a form of alternative medicine. The majority of doctors (95%) said that patients had discussed alternative medicine with them during the past year and over half (59%) had referred patients to alternative practitioners. Forty-one per cent of doctors believed that alternative systems of medicine were valid and over half of the doctors (54%) defined alternative medicine as additional to western medicine, not taught in western medical schools or not available on the National Health Service, compared with only 16% who defined alternative medicine as unscientific.

Full text

Full text is available as a scanned copy of the original print version. Get a printable copy (PDF file) of the complete article (763K), or click on a page image below to browse page by page. Links to PubMed are also available for Selected References.

Selected References

These references are in PubMed. This may not be the complete list of references from this article.
  • Fulder SJ, Munro RE. Complementary medicine in the United Kingdom: patients, practitioners, and consultations. Lancet. 1985 Sep 7;2(8454):542–545. [PubMed]
  • Reilly DT. Young doctors' views on alternative medicine. Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983 Jul 30;287(6388):337–339. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
  • Wharton R, Lewith G. Complementary medicine and the general practitioner. Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1986 Jun 7;292(6534):1498–1500. [PMC free article] [PubMed]

Articles from The Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners are provided here courtesy of Royal College of General Practitioners


Related citations in PubMed

See reviews...See all...

Cited by other articles in PMC

See all...


  • PubMed
    PubMed citations for these articles

Recent Activity

Your browsing activity is empty.

Activity recording is turned off.

Turn recording back on

See more...