This book is a practical and readable guide to the integration of complementary therapies into mainstream primary care. Based on the successful experiences of the authors' clinical setting, it offers clinicians, therapists, and other healthcare professionals a realistic routemap of the key issues, as well as practical ways in which to ensure close working, appropriate referrals, advice and treatment decisions. Patient information sheets and clinical guidance sheets for key conditions are included in full.
The text covers:
• practical steps to how complementary therapies may be integrated into mainstream care
• models and issues of research in complementary therapies
• how to design an integrated service, with clear examples
• funding, resource and legal issues
• issues related to economic evaluation
• adaptation of the service through a reflective approach
• clinical treatment option sheets
• patient self-help and diet information sheets
Of interest and practical help to a wide range of healthcare professionals, this book will be especially valuable to those currently working in primary care, family practice, and any complementary therapy field.