Acupuncture Practitioner Survey Results

January 1, 2010 by  
Filed under Acu Insighter Newsletter

The results of a recent acupuncture practitioner survey have just been released and they are worth paying attention to.  “The Information World of Acupuncturists” is a video presentation (below) that explains the purpose of the survey and why the data collected is important for your acupuncture practice.  Here’s just a small sample of what you will learn:

  • Where do acupuncture practitioners go to get their information? (You might be surprised.  I know I was!)
  • What is the primary source of new patients for acupuncturists? (You’ll love this!)
  • Who do acupuncturists turn to when they need help with difficult patients? (Some things never change. And that’s a GOOD thing!)
  • How is the acupuncture profession being integrated into mainstream health care? (We’ve come a long way, baby!)
All of these questions and many others are answered in this EXCELLENT presentation by Lisa Tegethoff, Jack Falk, Kathy Mar and Jessica Bottomly.

Click on the video to begin playing. Adjust the volume on your speakers.

They surveyed a number of acupuncture practitioners from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM),the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine (SIOM), and the Seattle Healing Arts Center (SHAC) as well as a number of individual acupuncture practitioners.

In 2007 there were approximately 3.1 million adults and 150,000 children seeking acupuncture treatment and these numbers are growing.  With an estimated 20,000 licensed acupuncturists in the U.S. are you positioned to treat your share of the population who wants your services?

Watch the video and be sure to enter your thoughts in the “Speak Your Mind” section below.


Lisa Hanfileti, LAc
P.S.  Here’s how I get my acupuncture patient referrals – works like a charm!

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5 Responses to “Acupuncture Practitioner Survey Results”
  1. Giles Watts says:

    I found your video and research fascinating.

    On one point, it is very hard to find the ‘golden’ way to treat conditions, as there is so much diversity within the acupuncture community – both in lineage and individual style. Hence the difficulty of integration into the mainstream medical community. However, I was at a talk by Volker Scheid two years ago. He is currently involved in a ‘best practice’/development of protocol for Menopause, based in London. Link as follows:

    The project has, in my view, a very sound methodology and aims at getting towards best practice, and a integration into the medical mainstream.

  2. Hi Giles,

    Thank you for the insightful comments and interesting link. Integration is always a challenge and having different methodologies to learn from is extremely helpful. The bottom line is… it CAN be done!

    Lisa Hanfileti, LAc

  3. kay fields says:

    Hi Lisa:
    When I tried to see the video for survey results it keeps on spinning and doesn’t go anywhere. Could it be that I am trying to see it on a Mac / and/or Safari? If there is another way I could access it, I would love to see it. Thanks!
    Kay Fields

  4. Hi Kay,

    Hmmm… I’m not sure why it doesn’t play on your system. Try this link to Author’s Stream, which is where the video was originally posted:

    Let me know if that works!

  5. Hi Lisa

    I have been mulling the wish for integration for a while. I am not sure that I want to join mainstream in a formal way. Yes there are benefits, but is the downside more streamlined approach. The beauty of Chinese medicine and acupuncture is the adaptation: the creativity – one size does not suit all. . .

    I am open to working within and with fellow medics, but how we set the stage will dictate the benefits and cost to our art.


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