Outcomes of "Think Acupuncture First": An acupuncture-training program during Family Medicine Residency

Paul Crawford, Joseph Helms

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Medical acupuncture is an additional treatment for pain management, in which physicians are increasingly being trained.

METHODS: We surveyed graduates of the Nellis Family Medicine Residency/Acus Foundation Acupuncture Training initiative. We asked them about their acupuncture practice patterns, satisfaction with their practice, and queried other aspects affecting their practice.

RESULTS: 85% (50/59) graduates responded. All graduates were still practicing acupuncture, and reported that the most common ailment treated was back pain. Respondents reported that they are happier and prescribe fewer opioids than they did before learning acupuncture.

CONCLUSIONS: Medical acupuncture can be learned during Family Medicine Residency and results in more satisfied physicians who report prescribing fewer opioids.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-431
Number of pages3
JournalExplore (New York, N.Y.)
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Acupuncture/education
  • Acupuncture Therapy/statistics & numerical data
  • Adult
  • Analgesics, Opioid/therapeutic use
  • Family Practice/education
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency
  • Male
  • Military Medicine/education
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'/statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


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