Table 3

Other factors associated with referral to acupuncture by rural and regional GPs in New South Wales, Australia (n=585)

FactorsReferral to acupuncturistp Value
Weekly or monthly, %Seldom or never, %
Level of knowledge
 Excellent6.34.9<0.001
 Very good25.09.7
 Satisfactory50.037.3
 Poor16.536.8
 Very poor2.311.3
Patients asked about CAM
 <10%32.342.2<0.001
 11% to 25%40.347.0
 26% to 50%9.55.4
 >50%18.05.4
Personal use
 Regularly15.57.0<0.001
 Often19.514.0
 Once/rarely34.313.2
Never, but would consider13.312.4
 Never, and would not consider16.541.6
Access to medical specialists is a problem
 Yes4.00.0N/A
 No96.0100.0
Patient request for referral
 Yes42.845.40.547
 No57.254.6
Lack of other options
 Yes14.05.40.002
 No86.094.6
Positive results previously
 Yes55.533.5<0.001
 No44.566.5
Information from CAM practitioner?
 Yes23.810.3<0.001
 No76.289.7
Information from patients?
 Yes45.850.30.309
 No54.249.7
Belief in efficacy
 Yes87.357.8<0.001
 No12.842.2
Interested in increasing CAM knowledge?
 Yes57.850.00.156
 No42.250.0
Have prescribed CAM to patients
 Yes79.555.7<0.001
 No20.544.3
Comfort level
 Comfortable in general48.113.0<0.001
 Only in specific circumstances35.031.9
 Only if I knew them in person16.916.8
 I would not refer0.036.8
  • CAM, complementary and alternative medicine; GPs, general practitioners.