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BMC Complement Altern Med. 2014 Sep 21;14:345. doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-14-345.

Acupuncture for chronic pelvic inflammatory disease: a qualitative study of patients' insistence on treatment.

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Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, 12 Ji Chang Rd, Guangzhou, China. liangyudan_girl@163.com.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Acupuncture is an effective complement to pharmacological therapy in the alleviation of chronic pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). It has mild or no side effects; however, a minimum of 3 months of therapy is required to guarantee a beneficial outcome. This study investigates why patients insist on acupuncture therapy to aid recuperation.

METHODS:

The study included a purposive sample of 15 participants diagnosed with chronic PID who had received a course of acupuncture therapy at least twice a week for a minimum of 3 months. Semi-structured interviews were conducted, recorded, transcribed, coded and analyzed using systematic text condensation.

RESULTS:

Four overarching themes were identified from the participants' reasons for insisting on lengthy, but in their view important, acupuncture courses. The four overarching themes were: (1) the patients' characteristics, including pregnancy aspiration and the fear of serious gynecological disease; (2) the patient-practitioner relationship, including the acupuncturist's attitude towards the patients and the explanation of the disease from a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) perspective; (3) the characteristics of acupuncture, including the diversification of treatment modes, the synthetical effect, and no side-effects; and (4) the clinical environment, including the exchange of experience between patients and the well-equipped setting.

CONCLUSIONS:

There were mixed reasons for patients diagnosed with chronic PID maintaining acupuncture treatments. Knowledge and understanding about the acupuncture-disease relationship were conducive to the patients' preference for acupuncture. Acupuncture as a complement to Western medicine should be further developed while maintaining these positive features. Participants reported feeling hope, confidence, and a sense of responsibility for their treatment during the process, although the treatments did not always have the expected outcome.

PMID:
25240280
PMCID:
PMC4180442
DOI:
10.1186/1472-6882-14-345
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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