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Acupuncture in Australian general practice: practitioner characteristics


Easthope, G and Beiby, JJ and Gill, GF and Tranter, BK, Acupuncture in Australian general practice: practitioner characteristics, The Medical Journal of Australia, 169, (4) pp. 197-200. ISSN 0025-729X (1998) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.5694/j.1326-5377.1998.tb140221.x


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Easthope, G (Dr Gary Easthope)
UTAS Author:Gill, GF (Dr Gerard Gill)
UTAS Author:Tranter, BK (Professor Bruce Tranter)
ID Code:13106
Year Published:1998
Web of Science® Times Cited:28
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:1998-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-08

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