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Normal medical practice of referring patients for complementary therapies among Australian general practitioners


Easthope, G and Tranter, BK and Gill, GF, Normal medical practice of referring patients for complementary therapies among Australian general practitioners, Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 8, (4) pp. 226-233. ISSN 0965-2299 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1054/ctim.2000.0398


Objectives: Assessing the extent to which general practitioners (GPs) accept complementary therapies as normal medical practice. Design: An examination of two Australian surveys of GPs undertaken in Tasmania and Victoria in 1997. Outcome Measures: Type of referral (to doctors or non-demidal therapists) and therapy. Levels of acceptance. Basis for judgement of acceptability. Results: In Tasmania 66% of Gps referred patients to doctors - primarily for acupuncture and hypnotherapy. Fifty-five per cent referred patients to non-medical practitioners - primarily for chiropractic, massage and osteopathy. In Victoria the rate of referral was 93%. Most GPs accepted acupuncture as a normal, but not orthodox, therapy. There are varying levels of acceptance of other complementary therapies and GPs judge by assessing safety and therapeutic value. Conclusion: Some complementary therapies are clearly part of normal, if not orthodox, practice in Australia. Discussion of complementary therapies in medicine must consider the differential levels of acceptance of different therapies. © 2000 Harcourt Publishers Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine
Research Field:Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Easthope, G (Dr Gary Easthope)
UTAS Author:Tranter, BK (Professor Bruce Tranter)
UTAS Author:Gill, GF (Dr Gerard Gill)
ID Code:19512
Year Published:2000
Web of Science® Times Cited:37
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2000-08-01
Last Modified:2001-05-09

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