Perceptions of person-centred care amongst individuals with chronic conditions who consult complementary medicine practitioners

Elsevier BV
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Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 2020, 52, pp. 102518-102518
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© 2020 Elsevier Ltd Objectives: Chronic conditions require continuous, multi-factorial care – such as person-centred care – to address patients’ individual health needs and quality of life. Many patients with chronic conditions seek additional care outside mainstream medicine, often consulting complementary medicine (CM) practitioners. This study examines person-centred care experienced by patients with chronic conditions consulting CM practitioners. Design: Cross-sectional survey. Setting: CM clinics around Australia, conducted November 2018 to March 2019. Participants: Patients with chronic conditions (n = 153) consulting osteopaths (n = 39), naturopaths (n = 33), massage therapists (n = 29), chiropractors (n = 28) and acupuncturists (n = 24). Main outcome measures: Patient-Centred Care Scale, Perceived Provider Support Scale, Empowerment Scale, and Patient Assessment of Chronic Illness Care measure. Results: Patient perceptions of person-centred care were consistently high during consultation with CM practitioners (Patient-centred Care scale mean range 4.22–4.70; Perceived Provider Support scale mean range 4.39–4.69; Empowerment scale mean range 2.20–2.50; Patient Assessment of Chronic Illness Care mean summary 3.33). Ratings of person-centred care were higher for consultations with CM practitioners than for medical doctors. Patients of naturopaths reported the highest means for perceived person-centred care. Variation in participant ratings for different items between professions indicate nuance in consultation experiences across different CM professions. Conclusions: Person-centred care appears characteristic of CM consultation, which may reflect holistic philosophies. Variations in patient experiences suggest diverse practices across CM professions. CM practitioners may present a resource of person-centred care for addressing unmet needs of individuals with chronic conditions, and reducing the health burden associated with rising rates of chronic conditions.
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