Direct integrative practice, time constraints and reactive strategy: an examination of GP therapists' perceptions of their complementary medicine

J Manag Med. 2001;15(4-5):312-22. doi: 10.1108/eum0000000005921.


There has been a movement towards integrating complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) into the NHS and a growing number of general practitioners (GPs) are personally practising CAM to treat their NHS patients (direct integrative practice). While research has begun to examine DIP, time constraints and related issues--of importance not only to practitioners but also to those purchasing and planning health care--have not yet received in depth attention. In response this paper examines GP therapists' experiences of the clinical reality of their DIP. The analysis reveals how a lack of time is perceived by GP therapists as a serious constraint upon their CAM practice and also how they employ a number of strategies in an attempt to overcome such difficulties.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Complementary Therapies / organization & administration*
  • Delivery of Health Care, Integrated
  • Family Practice / organization & administration*
  • Family Practice / trends
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Physicians, Family / psychology*
  • Scotland
  • State Medicine / organization & administration*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Time Factors