240060 Opinions of Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture on the Emergence of Integrated Medicine

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Carla Wilson, MA, L Ac, DAOM (candidate) , Complementary and Alternative Medicine Dept., Quan Yin Healing Arts Center, San Francisco, CA
Background: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as practiced in contemporary China is integrated into a larger system of health care that includes practitioners trained in Western medicine and those trained in TCM. In the United States (US) TCM is only beginning to be recognized as a viable method of health care, but is seen as an attractive addition to IM settings. Methods: A mixed methods approach to inquiry was used for this study by applying both quantitative and qualitative methods. The methods used consisted of narrative-based interviews and survey-guided inquiry. Thematic analysis was used to interpret the material gathered from the participants. Data was collected from two groups; TCM practitioners trained and practicing in China and TCM practitioners US trained and practicing in the US. Both groups of practitioners were asked to define the term Integrative Medicine (IM) and reflect on the role of TCM within contemporary health care and the future of TCM as a part of IM. Results: This study reflects how practitioners of TCM construct reality in relationship to the practice of IM and how this unique perspective impacts the social world and the emergence of IM as part of a greater system of health care. Conclusion: Analysis of the data will be presented identifying recurring patterns in the opinions and views collected from TCM practitioners in relationship to IM and public access to health care.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
1. Participant will be able to explain mixed methods research in relationship to whole systems research. 2. Participant will be able to discuss the difference between qualitative and quantitative research. 3. Participant will be able to discuss the role of Traditional Chinese Medicine as part of Integrated Medicine. 4. Participant will be able to describe the emergence of Traditional Chinese Medicine as part of existing heath care systems.

Keywords: Alternative Medicine/Therapies, Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I teach, practice and research alternative and integrative medicine.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.