National guidelines for acupuncture training

| February 8, 2010 | 0 Comments | 474 views

With the increasing use of acupuncture, the need for a common language to facilitate communication in teaching, research, clinical practice and exchange of information became essential. The World Health Organization (WHO) convened a scientific group which approved a standard international nomenclature and published Guidelines on Basic Training and Safety in Acupuncture in 1999, (WHO 1999). This document considers:

• the use of acupuncture in national health systems
• levels of training
• training programmes
• safety
• the importance of disinfection, equipment sterilisation, etc

The WHO recommendations for acupuncture training programmes cover personnel at various levels, including:

• acupuncture practitioners intending to work in national health services, who would have completed secondary schooling, university entrance or equivalent (and covered ‘the basic sciences’)
• full training/limited training for qualified physicians
• limited training for primary health care personnel.

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