Acupuncture for Pain Management

Linda M. Rapson, MD, CAFCI; Robert Banner, MD, CCFP, FRCP(C)

Disclosures

Geriatrics and Aging. 2008;11(2):93-97. 

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Regulation of Acupuncture Practitioners

At the present time, there are only three Canadian provinces in which acupuncture is regulated: British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec. Regulation of acupuncturists under a new regulatory body, the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario, is pending in Ontario. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to assess the training and fitness to practice of acupuncturists in unregulated provinces. In Canada, acupuncture is accepted in most provinces and territories as being within the scope of practice of appropriately trained physicians, dentists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, registered nurses, and naturopathic doctors, who are accountable to their respective regulatory bodies.

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