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Med J Aust. 1998 Aug 17;169(4):197-200.

Acupuncture in Australian general practice: practitioner characteristics.

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Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of Tasmania, Hobart. Gary.Easthope@utas.edu.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To ascertain the extent of the use of acupuncture and the characteristics of general practitioners using acupuncture.

DESIGN:

Secondary analysis of 1996 Health Insurance Commission data on claims by all non-specialist medical practitioners for Medicare Benefits Schedule items for an attendance where acupuncture was performed by a medical practitioner.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Use of acupuncture by general practitioners and the practitioners' sex, age, place of primary medical qualification, and the socioeconomic disadvantage index of the practitioners' practice.

RESULTS:

15.1% of general practitioners claimed for acupuncture. Acupuncture was more likely to be provided by male practitioners, by those aged 35-54 years, and by practitioners who have an overseas primary medical qualification. The socioeconomic index of the practice did not significantly affect the number of claims for acupuncture.

CONCLUSION:

Acupuncture is used by about one in seven general practitioners. Its use is associated with middle-aged practitioners, who presumably have more clinical experience. This level of use by experienced doctors suggests that a critical review of the appropriate role of acupuncture in general practice should be considered.

PMID:
9734577
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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