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Complementary Medicine and General Practice: An Urban Perspective

Medical physicians consider chiropractic tops in effectiveness among complementary approaches, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Liverpool in the Britain.  As part of the analysis, investigators mailed surveys to all of the general practitioners in Liverpool. A total of 252 doctors responded.  During the week prior to completing the survey, 13% had treated their patients directly with alternative therapies, 31% had referred patients to alternative practitioners and 38% had endorsed one or more complementary therapy. A total of 62% of doctors reported successful outcomes from alternative approaches. In contrast, 21% noted adverse reactions. Chiropractic and osteopathy were considered the most effective types of complementary therapy, while acupuncture was the most widely used.

Perry R, Dowrick CF.   Complement Ther Med. 2000 (Jun); 8 (2): 71-75