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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2012 Feb;18(1):37-42. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2011.07.001. Epub 2011 Aug 3.

Delivering shiatsu in a primary care setting: benefits and challenges.

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Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care, University of Sheffield, Samuel Fox House, Northern General Hospital, Herries Road, Sheffield S5 7AU, UK. zoepirie@gmx.de

Abstract

AIM:

To pilot the delivery of shiatsu in primary care and investigate the non-clinical impact on the general practice, its patients and staff.

DESIGN:

Ten patients, referred by four GPs, were each offered six shiatsu treatments with a qualified practitioner.

SETTING:

An inner-city general practice in Sheffield, England.

METHODS:

36 semi-structured interviews, evaluated with Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis and practitioner research including a reflective journal.

FINDINGS:

GPs welcomed having more options of care, especially for patients with complex, chronic symptoms, and patients appreciated the increased time and holistic, patient-centred approach during shiatsu consultations. Participants claimed the clinic increased equality of access to complementary medicine, improved perceptions of the general practice, reduced consultation and prescription rates, enhanced GP-patient relationships and the working practices of the GPs and shiatsu practitioner.

CONCLUSION:

The study successfully integrated a shiatsu clinic into a general practice and offers a model for future research on complementary medicine in primary care.

PMID:
22196572
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctcp.2011.07.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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