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Half of general practices offer patients complementary medicine

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7426.1250-f (Published 27 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1250
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Half of general practices in England now offer patients some access to complementary or alternative medicines.

    New research shows that there has been a substantial increase in provision since 1995, when a similar study by the same authors found that 40% of practices were offering complementary or alternative medicines.

    “Increased provision by the primary health care team, coupled with its use for priority patient groups, suggests that CAM [complementary or alternative medicine] is regarded by many GPs as having a role to play in patient management,” says a report of the study in Family Practice (2003:20:575-7). The …

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