Acupuncturists and massage therapists practicing within hospital and clinic settings is a relatively new, but growing phenomenon. Many clinical trials have documented the therapeutic roles these professionals can play in caring for patients. However, to our knowledge, little emphasis has been placed on their ability to aid in the diagnostic process. We report here our experience with these providers playing a critical role in contributing novel diagnostic information, both in the outpatient and inpatient settings. These observations suggest that acupuncturists and massage therapists can play a strategic role in helping achieve timely diagnoses for many patients. Strategies on how to incorporate these professionals into the care flow in the clinic and hospital are discussed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Complementary and alternative medicine