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Aten Primaria. 1998 Apr 15;21(6):367-75.

[Homeopathic and primary care doctors: how they see each other and how they see their patients: results of a qualitative investigation].

[Article in Spanish]

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Centro de Salud de Gómez de Alza, Donostia-San Sebastián.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To explore the views of Primary Care and homeopathic doctors in the same geographical and population catchment area towards Homeopathy as a discipline and the motives that bring patients to use its services.

DESIGN:

A qualitative study, using in-depth interviews and a focus group.

SETTING:

A community of 18,000 inhabitants with a Health Centre and four homeopathic physicians.

PARTICIPANTS:

The four homeopathic physicians and nine of the ten doctors from the Health Centre.

METHOD:

After face-to-face and later telephone interviews, each of the four homeopathic physicians was interviewed in depth and the author led a focus group with the 9 Health Centre doctors.

MAIN RESULTS:

a) From the homeopaths: they emphasised an integrated patient-centred approach. They insisted on their status as doctors and that their treatment was not iatrogenic, etc. b) From PC doctors: They were ignorant of Homeopathy. They identified it with a type of remedy of which they knew nothing, but for which they demanded scientific evidence, etc.

CONCLUSIONS:

PC doctors' ignorance of Homeopathy put them at risk of not understanding patients' expectations. It seems that the patient-centred, as against disease-centred, care model is, in practice, outside the scope of PC health delivery.

PMID:
9633136
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