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Yes We CAN! - Survey and Interview of Community Acupuncture Network (CAN) Practitioners

Principal Investigator:  Kim Tippens ND, MSAOM

Acupuncture is a popular form of alternative medicine in the United States.  However, treatments are often too expensive for people to use them regularly.  The community acupuncture (CA) model, which uses a sliding fee scale of $15-45 for treatments, is an alternate business model with enhances affordability of acupuncture.  In a previous survey, this research team studied clients of Working Class Acupuncture, a community acupuncture clinic in Portland, Oregon.  We learned what clients like about community acupuncture, and why they chose to visit the WCA clinic.  In this study, we will ask practitioners of community acupuncture to share their opinions about the community acupuncture model. 

Our primary goals are to describe the community acupuncture workforce by social and demographic factors, and to assess their satisfaction with the model. Participants of this study will be members of the Community Acupuncture Network (CAN), a non-profit international organization of community acupuncture clinics.  We will be surveying 100 practitioners of community acupuncture attending the first annual CAN conference on Saturday April 9th, 2011 in Portland, Oregon.

This survey is an important next step in our study of the community acupuncture model. This data combined with the data from our client survey will give us a deeper understanding of the benefits and limitations of the community acupuncture model.