Table 5

Characteristics of visits to naturopathic physicians in Connecticut (1998) and Washington (1999)

Connecticut (n = 631 visits) %

Washington (n = 1186 visits) %


Diagnostics/Screen Services:

Examinations

Vitals (BP, pulse, temp)

28

39

HEENT

18

15

Complete physical

13

9

Mental Status

<5

6

Imaging

x-ray

1

2

ultrasound

1

1

Blood tests

Complete blood count

7

10

Serum chemistry

7

9

Thyroid

3

7

Lipids panel

4

5

Allergy

4

2

Additional Tests

Stool analysis

5

4

Urine analysis

4

2

Vitamin/Mineral

3

0

Endocrine

2

3

Allergy Skin test

1

1

TB skin test

1

0

Therapeutics and Preventive Services:

Naturopathic Therapeutics

Botanical medicine

51

43

Vitamins

41

43

Minerals

35

39

Homeopathy

29

19

Acupuncture

14

4

Allergy treatment

11

13

Glandular therapies

4

13

Physical Therapies

Naturopathic manipulation

8

15

Physiotherapy

1

13

Hydrotherapy

4

10

Ultrasound

2

9

Mechanotherapy

2

7

Counseling/Education

Therapeutic diet

26

36

Self-care education

17

23

Exercise therapy

9

12

Mental Health

4

6

Visit disposition *

No follow-up planned

5

4

Return if needed

18

21

Return at specified time

77

74

Referred (% to an MD)

5 (4)

6 (4)

Visit Duration

Mean, minutes

40

44

<15 minutes

1

3

15–29 minutes

14

20

30 to 44 minutes

49

31

45–59 minutes

15

18

>/=60 minutes

20

28


* Totals add to more than 100% because multiple responses were allowed

Boon et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004 4:14   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-4-14

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