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국내 거주 외국인의 침 치료 경험과 한의학에 대한 인식: 질적연구

Perceptions and Experiences of Acupuncture among Expatriates Living in Korea: A Qualitative Study

경락경혈학회지 2020년 37권 3호 p.172 ~ 182
이승민, 박인효, Miller David B., 이상재,
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이승민 ( Lee Seung-Min Kathy ) - Pusan National University Korean Medicine Science Research Center
박인효 ( Park In-Hyo ) - Pusan National University Korean Medicine Science Research Center
 ( Miller David B. ) - Case Western Reserve University Jack, Joseph, & Morton Mandel School of Allied Social Sciences
이상재 ( Lee Sang-Jae ) - Pusan National University School of Korean Medicine Division of Longevity and Biofunctional Medicine

Abstract


Objectives: : In this study, we conducted a focus group interview among expatriates living in Korea, to investigate their experiences and perceptions of acupuncture and Korean Medicine in order to improve the usage of Korean Medicine in the medical tourism market.

Methods : The inclusion criteria for the focus group interview was: (1) participants between the age of 20 to 75 years old; (2) those who had lived in Korea for more than 90 days, and (3) those who were able to express their thoughts freely in English. The participants were informed that the interviews will be recorded and transcribed. We ended recruitment once saturation of materials was met. Semi-structured interviews were conducted, and the data was analyzed after each interview.

Results : The interviews were held between June to December 2016. Twenty-four participants were recruited but four dropped out and a total of twenty participants successfully finished the interviews. Six focus group interviews were conducted. Analysis revealed that Korean Medicine was relatively less known compared to Traditional Chinese Medicine or Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Participants automatically associated acupuncture with the management of pain or stress and replied that these were the areas that they thought acupuncture would be most effective. Positive experiences with acupuncture and with the acupuncture practitioners were factors that promoted the use of acupuncture whereas lack of awareness, accessibility and accreditation were factors that hindered its use. Other factors that hindered the use of acupuncture was needle phobia and the perception that acupuncture lacks scientific evidence.

Conclusions : Awareness on Korean Medicine and acupuncture is low. Participants lack awareness on what diseases acupuncture can treat, the scientific evidence behind the mechanism of action, and the rigorous education system that Korean Medicine doctors must go through to get their license. Rigorous marketing should be encouraged, which includes greater exposure in the media, more honest reviews from patients, and promotion of the scientific evidence base.

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Korean medicine; acupuncture; qualitative research

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