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Poll Results for the following Question:

If given the opportunity, would you like to have practice rights at your local hospital?

Results:

Yes
45.7%
No
54.3%

Total Respondents: 626

Comments:

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a@a.com
Yes IT hurts

Anonymous
No It is my opinion, Sad to say, that most of my fellow graduates are not competant enough to practice in this setting. Most of them should have never been admitted to school to learn this noble art in the first place.

Anonymous
Yes Of Course! I presently work in a hospital and many of my fellow acupuncture students are very qualified to practice in the hospital setting. The student base at my institution encompasses Physicians , Registered Nurses, Chiropractors, Massasge Therapists and Physical Therapists to name a few. We would love to be able to take care of our patients in whatever setting they require of us.

Anonymous
Yes Of course. Who wouldn't want to practice at a hospitalif given chance. But, chances are few and far between until we become more better in their lingo and understand terms of practice that will be given to us and we must be able enough to do those terms. At this point in time we are not ready to do so. There are some people who I went to school with who should no practice the acupuncture.

Anonymous
 Only barefoot doctors and jealousy doctors(physicians) would say no to this opportunity.

Anonymous
No We must not kid ourselves. We are not competant enough to handle a hospital setting. Hospitals are where we want to prevent people from going by helping to prevent the disease process from going to the deeper levels. Being in a hospital will eliminate the wholistic preventative aspect of what we do and turn us into crisis managers and crisis management is what the MDs do best. We will only be in their way.

uclajon@yahoo.com
Yes I do believe in acupuncture and oriental medicine. Today, many of us are avoiding surgeries and drugs as much as possible. It is always nice to find alternative healthcare techniques that work. However, the government needs to fund more money on its research.

Anonymous
Yes yes,we should be able to have hospital privlages. The school I went to, Five Branches Institute, Santa Cruz, Ca., prepared me well to interact with western docs. The world is changing and we should move forward to provide the best possible care for our patients. Would we withhold treatment because we don't speak western med talk as well as they do?, remember that we speak thier language better than they soeak our acupuncture language. The reason that I chose this field was so I could help people to get more healthy, whatever the venue. If I mispelled a word or two, does that make me unfit to help people become more healthy? Darrell

Anonymous
No Why would I work in a hospital? We have very little insurance coverage. Patients don't pay cash in a hospital. Who will pay me? The MD has full coverage including medicare. We on the other hand have next to no coverage. It's a complete waste of time.

Anonymous
No To be totally honst with myself and you, I have to tell you that I don't believe that acupuncture school has prepared me to deal with patients on the hospital impatient level. Anyone who is an acupunctrist would tell you that the professin is ready to be integrated into the medical community because we want this to be true, but it is far from reality. We are not physicians in the western sence of the word and we are not prepared to deal with life and death matters just by sticking a few needles in someone or administering herbs. To tink this is craziness. We should stop all this political posturing because it is futile. If we cocentrate on our own business and treating the public at large instead of wasting our resourses as a profession we would be far better off.

Anonymous
No How many of us can honestly even understand half the crap the typical MD states in reports we would need to read in a medical chart in a hospital? very few is the shameful truth. We are not physcians.

Anonymous
No Hospitals are for the educated only. Proper use of correct words are necessary. It is "incorrectly" that is the correct word not "uncorrectly". See what happens when you let high school graduates into our schools. We must raise our standards and only let educated physicians practice acupuncture. This is the only way that acupuncture will ever be practiced in a hospital setting.

Anonymous
No If you only select the diseases that "respond well" how could you fail as a practioner also how could the science advance if we only treated the diseases that "respond well". The world health organization states that acupuncture has varying effect on over 2000 different disease processes. All you have to do is look at Dale's book to find this out. If all you do is improve the quality of someones life, you have done a great service. We must continue research on the diseases that do not "respond well" to advance our work.

Anonymous
No The person who states that you can do more harm if acupuncture is performed incorrectly is uneducated in the field of acupuncture. Barring the puncture of lung, artery, or organ (which only a moron could acomplish)acupuncture is a very safe procedure and can do no further harm. If you tonify a point that needs no tonification it will not tonify. If you sedate a point that needs no sedation no sedation will occur. These principles as well as others are firmly documented in the professional literature. In fact acupuncture is such a safe procedure that non-physicians are allowed to even practice it. If it was as dangerous as this person makes it out to be only MD, DC, DO, DPM, and DDS would be able to practice acupuncture.

zhongjchen@yahoo.com
Yes Certainly, It will help more people.

Zhong Chen

Anonymous
Yes Acupuncture should be performed by trained acupuncturist. I think it is a miracle form of therapy if you do it correctly and select only the diseases that response well. However if you do it uncorrectly,there may be some complications and does not work.

Anonymous
No You shouldn't be allowed to practice anything unless you aquire basic spelling skills like spelling the word practice no practise. This shows below par educational skills.

Anonymous
No We should remain closer to our roots as barefoot practioners.

Anonymous
Yes but only as candy stripers!

tasneemraja@hotmail.com
Yes The more exposure our profession gets, the better it is in the long run for all of us. There is no reason why acupuncturists should not be allowed to practise in hospitals if the only thing it does is help patients.

Anonymous
No Clinical acupuncturists are not physicians by any scope of the imagination. They are not liscensed in any state as physicians and to describe themselves as physician is perpetrating a fraud on the public and is illegal.

Anonymous
Yes Acupuncturists who practice in states as "independent" providers; meaning their patients do not need refferal, and they can 1. conduct an physical examination, 2. diagnose, 3. formulate and carry out a treatment plan, by definition (and legally?) are acting as a "OM primary care provder". It is important that all Licensed Acupuncturists understand that they are a Acupuncture Physician and in their body of OM knowledge as a "Acupuncture Physician" should (for their patients health and freedom to choose the type of provider they want) have access to all health care facilities.

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