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British Acupuncture Council response to The Chris Evans Breakfast Show item on acupuncture

The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) was pleased to hear the discussion around the role of acupuncture on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Radio 2 this morning.

Of particular interest is how there is growing recognition of the use of acupuncture in the primary care or general practice context.

GPs are experiencing an unprecedented increase in demand for their services across the UK, with an increase in face-to-face contact with patients of 13% and an increase in telephone contacts of 63%.1

Such increases are not entirely unexpected, given the changes in age demographics and corresponding rise in numbers of patients with long-term conditions and co-morbidities. Adding to the burden of sheer numbers is the recognition that such conditions often cannot be fully resolved by the usual western medical management options, leading to an increase in anxiety for many patients; a rise in numbers of the so-called ‘worried well’.

For many of these patients the priority needs to be maintaining overall wellbeing with the aim of retaining independence and quality of life. Not forgetting the attendant benefits to the GP of fewer overall patient contacts and time released for those patients who do need to be seen more frequently.

Traditional acupuncture is often used for a range of conditions typical of this group of patients who are putting the pressure onto primary care, including but not limited to MSK conditions, anxiety, depression and sleep disorders.

There is a potential benefit for people in this group of patients to see an accredited traditional acupuncturist - as well as their GP - as part of their primary care.


1 Baird et al, Understanding pressures in General Practice. Kings Fund 2016


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