Research: WHITE and coworkers, U

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Abstract

WHITE and coworkers, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK, a.r.white@ex.ac.uk, took part in the development of an information leaflet on acupuncture .

Background

Patients have the right to be fully informed of the likely risks of any treatment. Such information on acupuncture is available following publication of the results of two prospective surveys.

Methodology

A standard Information Leaflet on acupuncture was developed by consensus between the three largest UK professional bodies.

Results

The Leaflet may be used as a form for written consent of patients. It is also intended to stimulate discussion of the risks associated with acupuncture.

Conclusion

An Information Leaflet on the risks of acupuncture fulfils a need of the profession as well as of patients.

References

White A et al. Informed consent for acupuncture – an information leaflet developed by consensus. Acupuncture in Medicine 19 (2): 123-9. Dec 2001.

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