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dc.contributor.authorCurrie, Kushla Grace
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: The relationship between osteopaths and General Practitioners (GPs) is of key importance to the development of osteopathy as a profession in New Zealand (NZ). Gaining an understanding of what lies behind the GPs’ perceptions and attitudes toward osteopathy is essential in terms of building a better working relationship. Investigating the influence of this attitude on current referral practice will provide further insight. OBJECTIVE: This descriptive study explores GPs’ perceptions and attitudes toward osteopathy and their current referral practice. METHOD: Snowball sampling recruited six GPs from Auckland. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews and analysed using descriptive method. RESULTS: One major theme emerged: The unexplored world of osteopathy. Participants knew that osteopaths were Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) approved treatment providers but knowledge beyond that was varied and limited. Perception and attitude toward osteopathy stemmed from education, patient reporting or personal experience and was connected to the bigger picture of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). A minor theme related to referral behaviour also surfaced. CONCLUSION: For osteopaths and GPs to have better working relationships, osteopathic education, treatment use and treatment details need to be transparent. GPs require an understanding of how osteopathic practice could fit into the current biomedical structure. To trust osteopathy, they need confirmation that osteopathy is underpinned by sound scientific evidence. This may enhance the perception and attitude toward osteopathy and positively affect referral practice.en_NZ
dc.subjectgeneral practitionersen_NZ
dc.subjectqualitative researchen_NZ
dc.titleGPs and the unexplored world of osteopathy : a descriptive studyen_NZ
dc.typeMasters Thesisen_NZ of Osteopathyen_NZ Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden110499 Complementary and Alternative Medicine not elsewhere classifieden_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationCurrie, K. G. (2017). GPs and the Unexplored World of Osteopathy: A descriptive study. An unpublished 90-credit research thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Osteopathy at Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand.en_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.advisor.principalNiven, Elizabeth
unitec.advisor.associatedMcEwen, Megan

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