What do you do at work?
How much of your day is spent in conversation with your clients, and how much is spent needling?
How do you decide where to put the needles? Do you rely on pulses, or tongue diagnosis, the patient’s report of the pain, what your acu-graph tells you?
Do you spend a lot of time prepping herbs? Or no time at all?
Do you have staff that helps with scheduling and treating, or do you do it all yourself?
Do you change your linens and do your own laundry?
Do you bill insurance?
How many patients do you see in a day or week? Do you have multiple locations? Do you treat differently depending on the location?
Describe your practice location(s) or setting(s).
Do you work with other Acupuncturists? Other health care providers?
Do you do lots of moxa, cupping, gua sha, e-stim, hand acupuncture, scalp acupuncture, tui na?
Do you talk to your patients about how they can support their health when they’re not in the treatment room?
Is there something that’s been incredibly important to your practice that you didn’t learn in acupuncture school? Are there things you spent tons of time on in school that you never use now?
Do you do your own bookkeeping?
Do you read journal articles or historical works about the profession on a regular basis?
How long have you been in practice and how much has your style of practice changed between now and when you started out?
Do you have a good understanding of the rules and regulations that govern your practice? How did you find out about those rules and regulations?
I’m doing some research about the profession and I’d like to hear from as many practitioners as possible. The questions above are just to give you some ideas of things to think about. You could keep track of what you do all day long – how many times do you review pharmaceuticals? How often do you consult with colleagues on a tricky case? How many times do you wash your hands?
Please, share your list of everything you do in a day at your practice, and how often you do it, in the comment section. Or, you can use the contact form.
Spread the word on Facebook. The more the merrier. However, please ask people NOT to reply via Facebook comment. They are hard to collect, and I don’t have access to all groups.
Thanks for your help. We’re a diverse profession and I’d like to learn more about just how much we share, and how much we differ.
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