Acupuncture has been embraced as one of the treatment modalities within the scope of Physiotherapy practice in some hospitals in Hong Kong since 1980’s. According tothe
Chinese Medicine Ordinance 108(3)
, the Hong Kong Government SAR haslegitimized the practice of acupuncture, bearing distinguishable differences
rom thatbased on Traditional Chinese Medicine, by registered physiotherapists in Hong Kong.To uphold the standard of local physiotherapists practicing acupuncture , there is anaccreditation procedure by our professional body – the Hong Kong PhysiotherapyAssociation , which has set its standards in line with the international benchmark- theInternational Acupuncture Association of Physical Therapists (IAAPT).In response to the increasing demand on acupuncture by patients, acupuncture hasbeen incorporated as one of the therapeutic interventions by local physiotherapists andtheir counterparts worldwide including United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.Thorough Physiotherapy Assessment, a procedure by which collection of relevantinformation and quantified data, is conducted prior to treatment. A problem list andphysical diagnosis utilizing clinical reasoning process based on Western Medicinewill then be formulated. Treatment modalities including acupuncture, targeted towardsresolving the clinical problems, are explained and implemented to the patient.Parameters of acupuncture are selected based on quality medical literature protocolsand good knowledge of human anatomy, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology in pain andmotor control and related information on physiology and pathology of the conditionstreated. All evaluative and therapeutic interventions should be documented accordingto the “Operation Guidelines for Physiotherapists Practicing Acupuncture in HospitalAuthority.”In benchmarking with the international standard set by the International AcupunctureAssociation of Physical Therapists (IAAPT) under the World Confederation forPhysical Therapy (WCPT), which is a member organization of the World HealthOrganization, this “Operation Guidelines for Physiotherapists Practicing Acupuncturein Hospital Authority”
is formulated to progress and uphold the quality and standardof physiotherapy service to all patients in guarding their interest & benefit. Allphysiotherapists practicing acupuncture in Hospital Authority have to abide strictly the“Code of Practice” issued by the Physiotherapists Board of Hong Kong. To matchwith the pace of the rapid advancement of modern medicine and technology, theseoperation guidelines are subjected to review by the Central Coordinating Committee(Physiotherapy) of the
Hospital Authority in line with the contemporary standards of the IAAPT and the Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association.