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Qual Health Res. 2014 Sep;24(9):1242-52. doi: 10.1177/1049732314544969. Epub 2014 Jul 30.

Integrating acupuncture in an inpatient setting.

Author information

1
Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, New York, USA bkielczynska@chpnet.org.
2
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, New York, USA.
3
College of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, New Jersey, USA.

Abstract

Acupuncture, a licensed health care profession in the United States, is poorly integrated into the American health care system, despite the evidence of its effectiveness. The purpose of this study was to offer a phenomenological description of the experience of acupuncturists who delivered acupuncture care in a tertiary teaching hospital in New York City. We analyzed data using methodology proposed by Colaizzi and identified four major clusters of themes: (a) acupuncturists' excitement about practicing in a hospital setting and frustration about organizational obstacles to effective acupuncture integration; (b) pride in being holistic practitioners;

KEYWORDS:

health care administration; health care, alternative and complementary; health care, interprofessional; health care, teamwork; health care, transcultural; health policy / policy analysis; lived experience; phenomenology; research, interdisciplinary; research, qualitative

PMID:
25079502
DOI:
10.1177/1049732314544969
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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