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Acupuncture in the normal general practice consultation: an assessment of clinical and cost effectiveness
  1. Paul Downey
  1. Pendeen Surgery, Kent Avenue, Ross on Wye, Hereford HR9 5AL


    An audit of the effectiveness of acupuncture was carried out to ascertain whether short courses of acupuncture therapy in a normal general practice surgery setting were appropriate and effective. Clinical effectiveness was measured in terms of improvement in patient symptomatology, and the cost-effectiveness was assessed by asking, “What would have been offered if acupuncture was not used?” Fifty consecutive cases were analysed over a six month period.

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