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GPs needed for a focus group on complementary and alternative medicine

1 December 2015

Researchers at the Centre for Academic Primary Care are looking for GPs to take part in a focus group for a research project on the use of complementary and alternative medicine in general practice.

The project, led by Prof Debbie Sharp, is a scoping study to ascertain what is known and unknown about the use of integrative medicine for patients with multimorbidities (mental health and painful musculoskeletal problems) in UK general practice.

Integrative medicine makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, including complementary and traditional therapies, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.

The focus group, a 90-minute meeting in January at the University of Bristol, aims to inform the choice of an intervention worth testing in a trial. The researchers are interested in attracting GPs with a range of views, attitudes and experiences regarding complementary and alternative medicine in order to discuss their views and help determine the priorities for a future trial. GPs will be offered payment for their time (£80/hr) and travel expenses.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Dr Ava Lorenc for more information before 10th December (, 0117 3314561)

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