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OA03.02. Acupuncture for back pain: predicting attendance at appointments

BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
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DOI: 10.1186/1472-6882-12-s1-o10
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OA03.02. Acupuncture for back pain: predicting attendance at appointments ORAL PRESENTATION Open Access OA03.02. Acupuncture for back pain: predicting attendance at appointments F Bishop*, L Yardley, C Cooper, P Little, G Lewith From International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2012 Portland, Oregon, USA. 15-18 May 2012 Purpose Acupuncture is gaining acceptance within the main- stream healthcare system in the UK. To date, research has focused on demonstrating its efficacy and effective- ness, with some qualitative studies analysing patients’ and practitioners’ perspectives. We examined two novel questions of particular relevance to practitioners and providers – to what extent do patients attend a pre- scribed course of acupuncture treatments and what fac- tors predict attendance? Methods We analysed data from a prospective cohort of adults receiving acupuncture for back pain. 485 patients were recruited opportunistically as they sought acupuncture from 83 acupuncturists practicing in different settings across the UK. They completed validated questionnaires before commencing acupuncture, at 2 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months. We measured attendance at prescribed appointments using a combination of patient self-report and acupuncturist report. Results Attendance reports were available for 356 participants, of whom 174 (49%) attended all of the acupuncture treatment appointments recommended by their acu- puncturist. Baseline health status (pain, wellbeing, dis- ability, anxiety, depression) did not predict attendance. Psychological factors - participants’ views of their back pain (measured at baseline) and their perceptions of their acupuncturist (measured 2 weeks into treatment) – did predict attendance. Participants who attended all recommended appointments perceived their back pain as less threatening, had higher levels of personal control over their back pain, felt that they understood their back pain better, and appraised their acupuncturist more positi

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