Does Acupuncture Meet Patient Expectations and Quality Outcomes?
In a recent report by American Specialty Health (ASH), who performed a two-year retroactive study of a whopping 89,000 patients, found: the following:
- Success in Treating Conditions: 93 percent of those responding said their provider was successful in treating their primary conditions.
- Quality Care and Service: 99 percent rated their quality of care and service as good to excellent.
- Safety: Roughly 98 percent agreed or strongly agreed that the acupuncturists and his/her staff took care “ensured safety.”
- Adverse events: ASH reported a total of 13 events per 89,769 patients, or” 0.014 percent of members reported an adverse event.” Examples are: burning (2), transient pain after (4), retained needles (2), skin infection (1), breathing issues related to moxa (1), nausea, though unrelated to needle insertion (1).
This is really a very impressive study. The vast majority of patients are getting the relief they are looking for, with little or no side effects. The biggest barrier to care is the fear of needles, and as one can read, they have very little to fear and acupuncture has great upside potential.
For more information about acupuncture and integrative pain management, please contact the acupuncture and integrative medicine practice of Dr. Scott Denny with practice locations in Davie, Pompano Beach and Boca Raton, Florida. Please also visit www.drscottdenny.com to complete your complimentary health analysis and receive a copy of Dr. Denny’s free eBook.
Here is a link to the report: http://files.clickdimensions.com/ashcompaniescom-a7oce/files/acupuncturecahps.pdf