Patients Use Alternative Care But Don’t Tell Their Doctors

Through a Kaiser Permanente Northwest survey of its members, researchers found that 32% received acupuncture for their musculoskeletal pain, 47% used chiropractic care, and 21% used both. One-third to almost half of the patients did not voluntarily tell their PCP; however, they claim they would if asked directly.

Over 8200 people responded to the survey; 6000 reported chronic musculoskeletal pain. Lead investigator Dr. Charles Elder and his coinvestigators concluded that “policy makers may need to consider better ways of covering and integrating acupuncture and chiropractic care into conventional delivery systems.”

Read about a biopsychosocial aspect to musculoskeletal pain, here.

Watch an interview with Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald, who talks about women and musculoskeletal pain, here.

To read more about the study mentioned above, click here.


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