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I like the idea of a cooperative venture that aims to make acupuncture affordable to all – not just middle class people with plenty of disposable income. — Female patient, 50 yrs old, Dragon Acupuncture Project, Brighton, UK

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ACMAC has its own YouTube channel with a selection of video clips at www.youtube.com/ACMACmedia


RESEARCH

A survey exploring practitioners’ experiences of ethical dimensions in multibed acupuncture practice in the UK. Joanna Swiecka, 2015. Download “Survey of ethics.” (PDF)

The Nada Protocol – thinking outside the box. Deborah Trafford, 2015. Download “The Nada Protocol.” (PDF)

Strategies used by acupuncturists during the recent recession 2008/2009. Kate Kortlaska, 2015. Download “Strategies used by acupuncturists.” (PDF)

A study of the attitudes of UK acupuncturists towards multi-bed clinics. Susie Brooks, 2013. Download “A study of attitudes.” (PDF)

• Apprenticeship. Is it a Viable and Necessary Addition To CICM Student’s Training In The Modern Age Of Education & Regulation? David Dent, 2012 Download “Apprenticeship.” (PDF)

Patient perspectives on care received at community acupuncture clinics: a qualitative themed analysis. Kimberley M Tippens, Maria T Chao, Erin Connelly, Adrianna Locke. Read what patients at Working Class Acupuncture, Portland, OR, think of their treatment. CLICK HERE to read.

• ACMAC 2010 survey report: A review of UK multibed acupuncture clinics. Norman Savigar, June 2011. – This survey looks at a range of data about ACMAC clinics’ business models, structures, income etc. We hope to carry out this survey each year. Download “ACMAC 2010 survey report.” (PDF)

• A Survey of acupuncturists’ fees across the UK. Sam May, 2010. – An interesting piece of research which demonstrates the inequality of charges for acupuncture between the wealthiest and poorest parts of the UK. Download “A Survey of Acupuncturists’ Fees Across the UK.” (PDF)

How to Apply 5 Element Treatment Principles to a Multibed Clinic Setting. Nikki Ritchie, 2010. Download “How to Apply 5 Element Treatment Principles to a Multibed Clinic Setting.” (PDF)

Gatekeepers and the Gateway – a mixed-methods inquiry into practitioners’ referral behaviour to the Gateway Clinic. Jason Unwin and David Peters, 2009, Acupuncture in Medicine. Download “Gatekeepers and the Gateway” (PDF)

Outcomes of traditional Chinese medicine (traditional acupuncture) treatment for people with long-term conditions. Charlotte Paterson, Jason Unwin, Dominique Joire, 2009. – Research conducted at the Gateway Clinic using and evaluating several different questionnaires to assess clinical outcomes. Download “Outcomes of traditional Chinese medicine” (PDF)

Low Cost Acupuncture: At What Cost? Penny Shires, 2009. Download “Low Cost Acupuncture: At What Cost?” (PDF)

Patient survey from Acupuncture Together, Cambridge, MA, USA. Justine Deutsch, 2009.
Please follow this link – www.acupuncturetogether.com/survey.html

Survey of Community Acupuncture Network (CAN) clinics, USA. Ann Mongeau, 2008.
Please follow this link – www.communityacupuncturenetwork.org/blog/survey-can-clinics

What is Low-Cost, Multi-Bed Acupuncture? Stephen Potter, 2008. Download “What is Low-Cost, Multi-Bed Acupuncture?” (PDF)

Investigating patients’ experiences of receiving acupuncture treatment in a multibed clinic: A case study of the Dragon Acupuncture Project, Brighton. Charlotte Stone, 2006. Download “Patients’ Experiences” (PDF)

The Role and the Impact of the NADA Protocol (daily group acupuncture treatment used in addiction): Explanatory Case Studies. Rachel Peckham, 2005.

This master’s degree thesis investigates clients’ experiences of the NADA protocol at the Core Trust in London. There is discussion of the dynamics of group practice which will be of interest to those running multibed clinics. Download “The Role and the Impact of the NADA Protocol” (PDF)

BOOKS

“Acupuncture is Like Noodles: the Little Red (Cook) Book of Working Class Acupuncture.” Lisa Rohleder, et al, USA, 2009.

This book explains not only how acupuncture works, but how community acupuncture clinics work (in the USA – but her writing is brilliant, a must-read for us brits too). The reincarnation of WCA’s original “Little Red Book” (ie The Remedy), Acupuncture Is Like Noodles is written for patients, acupuncture students and prospective acupuncture students, licensed acupuncturists, other medical providers, and anyone else who is curious about the “calmest Revolution ever staged.” This book can be purchased via our Shop.

“The Remedy: Integrating Acupuncture into American Healthcare” by Lisa Rohleder, Community Acupuncture Network, USA, 2006.

This excellent book discusses the peculiarities of the American healthcare/insurance quandary, but its message is inspiring and universal, and is highly recommended to all those thinking of setting up a community/multibed clinic. This book can be purchased via our Shop.

ARTICLES

Keynote speach from POCAfest 2012. Lisa Rohleder: An interesting reflection from Lisa’s visit to the UK for ACMAC’s 2012 conference, on how she found the relationships between acupuncture stakeholders in the UK, and how having villainous rivals can be highly motivating. READ HERE.

Australia Rocks: Consolidating the Groundswell Workshops in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Autumn 2011. Summary by Katherine Berry.

Hosted by Katherine Berry with Katherine Japunčić and Jason Chong, the workshops brought together people from all over the east Coast of Australia to share their experiences and passion for “making acupuncture more accessible to more people”.

Learn more, view photos and read PDFs here!

“Practicing Acupuncture at Summer Festivals”. Richard Brook (2010):

Richard Brook, an ACMAC member, has had years of great experiences practicing acupuncture at summer festivals, particularly enjoying the feeling of community he finds there. Although he hasn’t yet used the multibed model, this article might catch someone’s eye… and multibeds at festivals are surely not far away? You can view footage of Richard’s festival set-up at: www.youtube.com/RichardBrookAcu

Download “Practicing Acupuncture at Summer Festivals” (PDF)

“Multi‐bed acupuncture clinics: a new model of practice”. Charlotte Stone, ACMAC (October 2008):

Abstract: Multi‐bed acupuncture clinics ‐ a recent and successful phenomenon in the UK ‐ utilise a new business model for the provision of more affordable acupuncture treatments. Patients benefit from reduced cost of treatment in exchange for some loss of privacy, and they overwhelmingly report being treated in a communal setting as a positive experience. Practitioners benefit from a highly stimulating and supportive working environment, a significantly increased potential client base and the satisfaction of providing more accessible treatment.

Download “Multi‐bed acupuncture clinics: a new model of practice” (PDF)

“High volume acupuncture clinic (HVAC) for chronic knee pain – audit of a possible model for delivery of acupuncture in the National Health Service”. Saul Berkovitz et al, (2008). Acupuncture In Medicine; 26(1):46-50

An example of how something similar to the multibed model is being used in the NHS.

Download “High volume acupuncture clinic (HVAC) for chronic knee pain” (PDF)

Belinda Coppock, BAcC Safe Practice Committee (April 2008):

Belinda Coppock of the BAcC Safe Practice Committee visited several Affordable Acupuncture multibed clinics in 2008 and reported that there are no additional Safe Practice issues for multibed clinics than for any other clinic. (Please note there are a couple of mistakes in her article: she reports that 70% of multibed patients have had acupuncture before – in at least one of the clinics she visited this number is actually as low as 5%. Also she is mistaken saying that all multibed practitioners also have a private practice – at least two she talked with practice only from a multibed.)

Download “Multibed clinics” (PDF)

Alex Wood, Swansea Acupuncture Project (December 2007):

“I see a wider range of health complaints than ever before and treat people from all ends of the community. Both my wallet and my clinical knowledge have expanded!… The last six months has lead me to speculate that across the UK there may be … similar projects who are currently benefiting from auricular acupuncture and may be keen to have low cost acupuncture clinic as part of their service. Is this the way forward for more affordable acupuncture clinics?”

Download “Swansea Acupuncture Project” (PDF)

“The Art of the Sliding Scale, Part One: Creating Inclusion” – Lisa Rohleder, Community Acupuncture Network, USA (2006):

“One of the most powerful tools in the social entrepreneur’s toolbox is the sliding scale… Some acupuncturists think that offering a sliding scale means you don’t value your own work, that you are not serious about making a living, or that you are suffering from “poverty consciousness.” The problem with these assessments is that they lack economic context.”

Download “The Art of the Sliding Scale, Part One: Creating Inclusion” (PDF)

“Restructuring American Acupuncture Practices” A proposal by Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, Oregon (May 2003):

Dharmananda challenges the model of weekly acupuncture that has become so firmly rooted in the West, and discusses how the weekly model has no precedent in China, limits which conditions acupuncture can treat, and can ultimately cost the patient more than frequent acupuncture.

Read “Restructuring American Acupuncture Practices”

Community acupuncture successful in the treatment of US war veterans:

Read “Community Acupuncture Provides Relief and Recovery for U.S. Soldiers and Veterans”

INTERVIEWS

Lisa Rohleder, Community Acupuncture Network, USA, 2011. Download the interview (PDF)

Maara Mulgrew founded Galway Community Acupuncture, Ireland’s first multibed clinic, in January 2010. Download the interview (PDF)

Maggie Bavington and Margre de Vries founded and run One Space Acupuncture in Bethnal Green, London. The clinic is one of the first London multibeds and very successful. Download the interview (PDF)

ACMAC BADGES & LOGO

Spread the word and introduce your website visitors to ACMAC! Simply download one of the ACMAC badges below in your favourite colour and decorate your website. Want your badge in a different colour? Please let us know and we will paint it just for you!

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OTHER RESOURCES

COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE NETWORK (USA)

• www.workingclassacupuncture.org – inspirational multibed clinic in Portland, Oregon, USA, run by the equally inspirational and straight-talking Lisa Rohleder and associates. From this site you can download WCA’s free e-book Love Your Micro business: Marketing a Community-Based Acupuncture Practice.

• video.google.com/videosearch?q=working+class+acupuncture&sitesearch=# – this link will take you to various videos about American community acupuncture. Patients from Working Class Acupuncture discuss the benefits of acupuncture and community (=multibed) clinics. Lisa Rohleder of WCA lectures the local acupuncture college on the community acupuncture business model. Plus some shorter clips about different clinics and practitioners in the States.

• www.communityacupuncturenetwork.org is WCA’s bugle by which they promote and support multibed/community acupuncture clinics in the US, and is the inspiration for ACMAC. There’s also loads of links to other writing by Lisa.

THE ACUPUNCTURE NETWORK (AUSTRALIA)

The Acupuncture Network is a dynamic group of eastern medicine practitioners and students who believe the community is best served by the free sharing of ideas & information, beyond geographic and ideological borders. They support practitioners, educators, researchers & students worldwide by facilitating networking, mentoring & education in online forum discussion. Membership is free and the Acupuncture Network is a non-profit incorporated association.
You will need to register to use the forum which welcomes both practitioners and students.

AND

• If you would like to learn more about acupuncture or find a practitioner in your area, please visit the British Acupuncture Council at www.acupuncture.org.uk

Chinese Medicine Times – Chinese medicine and acupuncture ejournal for practitioners and students.