In the UK and Ireland as few as 25 % of patients actually tell a medical professional that they are using Complementary Alternative Medicine. In Australia it is as little as 23%!
In the USA they do a bit better, 44% of patients discuss complementary alternative medicine treatments with their physician. In Switzerland, Germany and France the population does best with as many as 79% discussing CAM with their doctor.
The differences seem to lie in how well doctors are informed either through post graduate training or as part of their core medical training. Doctors in many EU countries are often trained in acupuncture, homeopathy, reflexology and other therapies and use them in their practice on a daily basis.
A lot of the problem in the UK and Ireland seems to be that doctors don’t have enough information on the therapies nor the time to find out about them. As patients you clearly want to have some personal control over your treatments and reports show that your experiences have usually been very negative when you have tried discussing CAM with doctors
At Patient QI we have created treatment strategies for particular health problems that will help you to choose which treatments are best suited to you. Each strategy has a bibliography of documents that have been published in peer reviewed medical journals – these will help you to explain your requirements when you come to discuss your own personalized strategy with your main coordinating therapist / physician / doctor.
We have also added a section of caution. It is very important to discuss your therapies with a qualified medical practitioner for safety reasons and these cautions will explain why.
Our aim at Patient QI is to provide you with as much information as possible to help you and your coordinating therapist find the best possible treatment strategy – one that you have contributed to, chosen and are happy with!
If you are happy with your treatment plan, you are more likely to stick to it and you have a greater chance of successful treatment – that is something that any good doctor should appreciate.