A postal questionnaire was sent to all participants at the basic medical acupuncture courses for doctors organised by the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS) over a 12 month period. There was a 78% response to this. The answers showed that 95% of GPs attending a course were using acupuncture as a treatment at least once a week, but 39% of hospital doctors had not practised acupuncture after their course. Point finding and the treatment of musculoskeletal pain were considered to be the most useful subjects in the course, while auricular and electro- acupuncture were the least popular. Those who had joined the BMAS thought that the most important functions of the Society were meeting other medical acupuncturists, attending further courses, and this Journal. The least important were accreditation and the availability of learning resources.
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