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Factors that Influence Patients’ Decisions to Discontinue with an Acupuncture Service—A Qualitative Study

The Gateway Clinic in London has been an acupuncture service funded to manage NHS general practice referrals since 1990. Patients are referred by their general practitioners for a course of up to 10 treatments. However, as many as 40% of patients fail to complete the course. This qualitative study aimed to identify patients who had discontinued treatment and explored the factors that influenced their decision to discontinue. Read more here.