You got that new job, and you have to see an acupuncturist fast. What do you do if you don’t have one? You may use the following ideas to locate the appropriate acupuncturist, because you want one today.
Do you have problems understanding the acupuncturist?
To have to constantly ask the acupuncturist to repeat things to you because of a language barrier can be frustrating for both the practitioner and the patient. You may want to consider this when choosing your acupuncturist.
Develop and Maintain Focus
A good acupuncturist will develop and maintain focus. This can be done by becoming a specialist, for example, concentrating on pediatrics. The acupuncturist will have expertise in the development and care of children. Parents will be interested in this type of acupuncturist.
You’ve found the perfect surgeon. Before you submit to the scalpel, make sure you meet face to face with the anesthesiologist. Do not keep anything from this professional. You’ve heard stories about people who were wide awake during their surgery? It rarely happens; however, if you have a substance abuse problem, ask the anesthesiologist if a device that monitors wakefulness should be used.
The hours of operation deserve considering when determining which acupuncturist’s office to attend. Things like weekend hours, or if you will have to take time off work to make an appointment. Can you see another acupuncturist in an emergency? Examine all the possibilities since the answers may drive you to another acupuncturist.
Consult with the parents where your children go to school. They will have recommendations for pediatricians up to geriatric acupuncturists. They can tell you what they like and dislike, or if they have heard of any new acupuncturists in town that you should check out.
A good acupuncturist will have a ‘well’ and a ‘sick’ waiting room. The patients who are coming in for preventative care will be segregated from the patients who are actively contagious. The office will follow guidelines to reduce the spread of disease.
Ask the office staff if the acupuncturist usually is able to see patients on time. If you are a working person and need to take minimal time off for an office visit this may be very important. It can also be very important if you have children to take care of at home. A good acupuncturist should be respectful of your time.
Ask your acupuncturist what special training that they have participated in to stay ahead in their field.
Here’s my shortcut/advice – Look for an acupuncturist who is also a member of the British Acupuncture Council, here’s why.
All members of the BAcC can offer you the following assurances:
- BSc or BA degree level training or its equivalent in traditional acupuncture, Chinese medicine, and western biomedical sciences including anatomy, physiology and pathology (3,600 hours of study)
- Compliance with current UK health and safety legislation
- Full medical malpractice and public/products liability insurance cover
- Expert practice skills maintained by following a mandatory individual programme of continuing professional development (CPD)
- Regular updates from the BAcC regarding practitioners’ professional obligations to the public
- Compliance with BAcC Code of Safe Practice and Code of Professional Conduct
- Patient access to the BAcC complaints and disciplinary procedures
- English language skills at least equivalent to those required of doctors and nurses working in the UK
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