Teaching self-acupuncture survey report

Davy, Catrina and Hughes, John G. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4513-2395 (2021) Teaching self-acupuncture survey report. Acupuncture in Medicine. 096452842110566. ISSN 0964-5284

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Abstract

Background:
People have been teaching self-acupuncture (SA) in the United Kingdom since 1977. More recently, a small body of research has been conducted on SA. However, detailed guidelines on teaching and delivery of SA have so far, to our knowledge, not been developed.

Methods:
Acupuncturists were invited to participate in an online survey about their experiences of teaching SA. Data from the survey were extracted, analysed using descriptive statistics and translated into SA teaching guidelines.

Results:
One hundred thirty-eight acupuncturists completed the survey. Nineteen percent of participants had taught SA. The most common symptoms for which acupuncturists taught SA were pain, nausea, anxiety, hot flushes, headaches/migraines and breathlessness. The six most commonly taught traditional acupuncture point locations were LI4, ST36, SP6, PC6, LR3 and TE5. No participants had received reports of adverse effects from their patients.

Conclusion:
Acupuncturists who teach SA find it to be an acceptable and safe option for patients. The presented data have important implications for guiding the practice of SA.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Davy, C. and Hughes, J. Teaching self-acupuncture survey report, Acupuncture in Medicine. Copyright © 2021 The Author(s). DOI: 10.1177/09645284211056658.
Keywords: chronic illness, home acupuncture, self-acupuncture, self-care, survey
Subjects: Medicine and health > Health promotion and public health
Education > Teaching and learning
Medicine and health > Complementary medicine
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Depositing User: John G. Hughes
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2021 15:47
Last Modified: 23 May 2022 08:33
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/8497

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