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Acupuncture for tennis elbow: an e-mail consensus study to define a standardised treatment in a GPs’ surgery
  1. Philip Webster-Harrison, general practitioner1,
  2. Adrian White, Senior lecturer2,
  3. Jonny Rae, general practitioner3
  1. 1
    Port View Surgery, Saltash Cornwall, UK
  2. 2
    Complementary Medicine, Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter & Plymouth, Exeter, UK
  3. 3
    Port View Surgery, Saltash Cornwall, UK
  1. pjwh{at}globalnet.co.uk

Summary

Acupuncture is a possible alternative treatment for tennis elbow in general practice. Rigorous investigation of its effectiveness is needed by means of a randomised controlled trial. Before undertaking a trial, a consensus is required on the best treatment protocol. Therefore, a modified Delphi Process was undertaken by email, consisting in three iterative rounds. Fourteen acupuncture trainers initially reported details of their normal treatment that were then incorporated into a treatment plan. This was circulated once for further suggestions and finally for agreement. Consensus was achieved from all 14 participants who responded to the third round.

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