Tuesday, 12 April 2016 11:24

Guidelines on Integrated Mental Health - Acupuncture Chapter

This was to be the second comprehensive guideline to complementary therapy use for a specific healthcare area produced by the Prince of Wales’ Foundation for Integrated Health (FIH). The first, on Supportive and Palliative Care, was published successfully in 2003. The second, on Mental Health, was in production for a long time but was still unfinished when the FIH was wound up in 2008. We have a copy of the acupuncture chapter, which would have been just one amongst many, but stands alone sufficiently well to reproduce it here. After introductory sections on acupuncture in general it goes on to provide a summary of the evidence in respect of different mental health conditions (refer to the BAcC Briefing Papers for more recent information) and then to consider how acupuncture could be embedded within the existing mental health provision how such services could be developed and evaluated and what governance would be required. Examples are provided of good practice in this area.