Quality of acupuncture needles is less than perfect and must improve. Standards are currently high, but surface irregularities and bent tips have not been completely eliminated. Listen to this podcast where Dr Mike Cummings, medical director of the British Medical Acupuncture Association and associate editor of the journal, comments on the impact for patient health. Read the full paper: http://aim.bmj.com/content/32/2/146
Anthea Asprey, associate research fellow at Peninsular College of Medicine and Dentistry, has carried out qualitative research into the acceptability of group acupuncture sessions carried out at GP surgeries in St Albans.
In this podcast she interviews Karen, one of the patients in the group, about how it works, and how she feels about the intervention.
The full research paper "All in the same boat" can be found on the journals website aim.bmj.com