Delivering shiatsu in a primary care setting: Benefits and challenges

Zoë M. Pirie, Nick J. Fox, Nigel J. Mathers

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Aim: To pilot the delivery of shiatsu in primary care and investigate the non-clinical impact on the general practice, its patients and staff. Design: Ten patients, referred by four GPs, were each offered six shiatsu treatments with a qualified practitioner. Setting: An inner-city general practice in Sheffield, England. Methods: 36 semi-structured interviews, evaluated with Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis and practitioner research including a reflective journal. Findings: GPs welcomed having more options of care, especially for patients with complex, chronic symptoms, and patients appreciated the increased time and holistic, patient-centred approach during shiatsu consultations. Participants claimed the clinic increased equality of access to complementary medicine, improved perceptions of the general practice, reduced consultation and prescription rates, enhanced GP-patient relationships and the working practices of the GPs and shiatsu practitioner. Conclusion: The study successfully integrated a shiatsu clinic into a general practice and offers a model for future research on complementary medicine in primary care.
LanguageEnglish
Pages37-42
Number of pages6
JournalComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes

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In: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, Vol. 18, No. 1, 02.2012, p. 37-42.

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