Serving billions: a pilot study on clinician-perceived efficacy of rehabilitative services in China
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Serving billions
Abstract: 

China has the world's largest number of disabled people, and this number is projected to grow. Although there is ample literature on the utilization and efficacy of Western medicine as it pertains to rehabilitation services, there is far less research on the perceived efficacy of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). A structured questionnaire was designed for a pilot study on TCM and Western medicine used for rehabilitation services in China, their associated charges, and perceived efficacy. A sample of 33 clinicians responded to the questionnaire. The analysis found that clinicians most frequently prescribed Fenbid and Chinese herbs to treat rehabilitation morbidities, and the most common TCM treatments were acupuncture and massage therapy. The average patient charge for each visit for TCM therapy varied from 56 Yuan (dollars 7.30) for Chinese herbal medicine to 12 Yuan (dollars 1.60) for cupping therapy. The most frequently prescribed Western therapies were occupational, physical, and speech. The average charge for each visit for Western medicine varied from 111 Yuan (dollars 14.60) for physical therapy to 48 Yuan (dollars 6.30) occupational therapy. Clinicians indicated that acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, massage, speech, occupational, and physical therapies were "effective" or "highly effective" in treating morbidities requiring rehabilitation services.

Author(s): 
Zhao, Mei
Haley, D. Rob
Nolin, JoAnn M.
Dunning, Kerry
Wang, Jian
Sun, Qiangsan
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
The Health Care Manager
Journal Abbreviation: 
Health Care Manag (Frederick)
Publication Date: 
2008 Jul-Sep
Publication Year: 
2008
Pages: 
252-258
Volume: 
27
Issue: 
3
ISSN: 
1525-5794
DOI: 
10.1097/01.HCM.0000318756.31956.36
Library Catalog: 
NCBI Published Medical (?)
Extra: 
PMID: 18695405

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Mei Zhao, D. Rob Haley, JoAnn M. Nolin, Kerry Dunning, Jian Wang and Qiangsan Sun. 2008 Jul-Sep. "Serving billions: a pilot study on clinician-perceived efficacy of rehabilitative services in China." The Health Care Manager 27: 3: 252-258. 10.1097/01.HCM.0000318756.31956.36.

Wikipedia Citation

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