Table 3

Participants' Characteristics


Frequency (%)


20 (74%)

Age (range)


Accessed acupuncture in:

Private sector only

14 (52%)

Public sector only

5 (19%)

Both sectors

8 (30%)

Paid for private acupuncture*:

With private medical insurance

4 (29%)

Out of pocket

8 (57%)


2 (14%)

Primary Condition(s)

Chronic pain including pain in foot, knee, back, neck, shoulder.

*Information only available for "private sector only" participants. The financial cost of acupuncture in the private sector varies across individual practitioners, but clinics in the vicinity of this study typically charge around £50 for an initial appointment and £35 for a follow-up appointment.

Bishop et al. BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:129   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-11-129

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