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Pain Management

05 Nov 2021
Pain Management

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'I'm not too bad with needles': a qualitative service evaluation of chronic pain patients' experiences of self-acupuncture

Introduction: Self-acupuncture involves teaching patients to insert acupuncture needles into points on their own body to enable them to self-manage their own symptoms. As part of their routine clinical care, chronic pain patients receiving a course of acupuncture at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, UK, were provided with training in self-acupuncture. A qualitative service evaluation was conducted to explore patients’ experiences of applying self-acupuncture, including perceived safety, effectiveness and practice.

Co-Authors: Ms Catrina Davy - Acupuncturist - Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, University College London Hospitals NHS Trust, UK


Dr John Hughes, Director of Research, Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine - UK

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