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Delivering Acupuncture Therapy in an Interdisciplinary Global Health Setting in Guatemala: Pilot Study and Lessons Learned

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Taylor-Swanson, LJ; Tu, W; Howell, CS; Dillard, MP; Bell, L; Nelson, AT; Geppelt, C; Boccino, JM; Taylor, E; Alvarez, G; Citkovitz, C ...
Published in: Medical Acupuncture
August 1, 2023

Objective: Pain, stress, and diabetes mellitus (DM) are common complaints for Guatemalans seeking health care. Because acupuncture therapy (AT) is a low-cost, effective treatment for these concerns, it was offered to Guatemalans during a health care mission as an adjunct to primary care. The purpose of this study was to gather feedback about providing AT in this context and to describe the lessons that were learned. Materials and Methods: A pretest single-arm exploratory study design was used, collecting demographic data and administering a pretest to patients referred for AT. Patients received AT according to presenting symptoms, except patients with DM, who were treated with a previously developed auricular AT protocol. After AT, all patients received adhesive seeds for self-administered auricular acupressure, along with a printed diagram, showing where and how to apply them, and a symptom-tracking form. Results: AT was given to 11 patients (1 had DM; 10 did not). Most were female (9; 82%), older (average 59.27 years; range: 40–81 years), and had little education (average 4 years; range: 0–12 years). Complaints were pain (11; 100%), insomnia (6; 55%), anxiety (4; 36%), depression (7; 64%), and stress (3; 27%). More than 50% had seen health care providers (6; 55%). One person had AT previously and 3 people requested more information about AT before receiving it. Conclusions: Reporting high symptom burdens, most patients were unfamiliar with AT. AT ceased when the licensed acupuncturist contracted COVID. Patients will be followed in 2023 and AT will be given to collect data on feasibility, satisfaction, and possible implementation.

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Medical Acupuncture

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1933-6594

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1933-6586

Publication Date

August 1, 2023

Volume

35

Issue

4

Start / End Page

163 / 169

Related Subject Headings

  • 1104 Complementary and Alternative Medicine
 

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Taylor-Swanson, L. J., Tu, W., Howell, C. S., Dillard, M. P., Bell, L., Nelson, A. T., … Garcia, K. (2023). Delivering Acupuncture Therapy in an Interdisciplinary Global Health Setting in Guatemala: Pilot Study and Lessons Learned. Medical Acupuncture, 35(4), 163–169. https://doi.org/10.1089/acu.2023.0023
Taylor-Swanson, L. J., W. Tu, C. S. Howell, M. P. Dillard, L. Bell, A. T. Nelson, C. Geppelt, et al. “Delivering Acupuncture Therapy in an Interdisciplinary Global Health Setting in Guatemala: Pilot Study and Lessons Learned.” Medical Acupuncture 35, no. 4 (August 1, 2023): 163–69. https://doi.org/10.1089/acu.2023.0023.
Taylor-Swanson LJ, Tu W, Howell CS, Dillard MP, Bell L, Nelson AT, et al. Delivering Acupuncture Therapy in an Interdisciplinary Global Health Setting in Guatemala: Pilot Study and Lessons Learned. Medical Acupuncture. 2023 Aug 1;35(4):163–9.
Taylor-Swanson, L. J., et al. “Delivering Acupuncture Therapy in an Interdisciplinary Global Health Setting in Guatemala: Pilot Study and Lessons Learned.” Medical Acupuncture, vol. 35, no. 4, Aug. 2023, pp. 163–69. Scopus, doi:10.1089/acu.2023.0023.
Taylor-Swanson LJ, Tu W, Howell CS, Dillard MP, Bell L, Nelson AT, Geppelt C, Boccino JM, Taylor E, Alvarez G, Citkovitz C, Johnson K, Garcia K. Delivering Acupuncture Therapy in an Interdisciplinary Global Health Setting in Guatemala: Pilot Study and Lessons Learned. Medical Acupuncture. 2023 Aug 1;35(4):163–169.
Journal cover image

Published In

Medical Acupuncture

DOI

EISSN

1933-6594

ISSN

1933-6586

Publication Date

August 1, 2023

Volume

35

Issue

4

Start / End Page

163 / 169

Related Subject Headings

  • 1104 Complementary and Alternative Medicine