Lingnan University calls for the establishment of a joint clinic of traditional Chinese and Western medicine for gynaecological patients in Hong Kong, in view of their high recognition of the efficacy of traditional Chinese medicine and strong interest in mixed therapy, according to a recent survey conducted by its Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies (APIAS).
About 90% of the respondents believe traditional Chinese medicine has fewer side effects and performs better in health preservation. More than half of the respondents said traditional Chinese medicine is better than Western medicine in “eradicating diseases”.
Nearly 30% of the respondents also reported using Chinese and Western medicine in their treatment, showing a considerable interest in the mixed therapy. Dr Robert Chin Kien-howe, advisor of the survey and former gynaecologist of the Hospital Authority, called for an integrated clinic offering Chinese and Western medicine in view of their respective advantages in gynaecological treatment. “Since there is now a long queue for gynaecological specialist out-patient consultation in the public healthcare system, establishing an integrated clinic of Chinese and Western medicine can help increase the supply of gynaecological services to meet the soaring demand,” Dr Chin said.
Prof Alfred Chan Cheung-ming, Chair Professor of Social Gerontology of Lingnan University and Director of APIAS, pointed out that the survey findings echoed with the HKSAR Government’s plan in 1997 to position Hong Kong as an international centre for Chinese medicine manufacturing and trading, as well as for training specialists in traditional Chinese medicine. “The authorities should make good use of the human resources in this field to alleviate the supply shortage of Western medical services. It will not only offer more medical options for the people, but also pass on this great gem of Chinese heritage.”
The survey was conducted by APIAS from May 2013 to May 2014 at Yan Chai Hospital-Hong Kong Baptist University Clinical Centre for Training and Research in Chinese Medicine (West Kowloon) and Yan Chai Hospital Gynaecology Specialist Clinic, with a total of 143 valid questionnaires received. All respondents were gynaecological patients aged over 15. Over half of them have secondary or post-secondary education. They included new and regular users of traditional Chinese medicine, as well as non-Chinese medicine users.
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