Application and projects approved for fundamental research on integrated traditional Chinese and Western medicine in National Natural Science Foundation of China from 2000 to 2004
ABSTRACT From 2000 to 2004, the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) accepted 1 171 applications and funded 160 projects for fundamental research on integrated traditional Chinese and Western medicine. The success rate is 13.64%. Being supported by NSFC, a number of achievements well known in China and abroad have been made, such as acupuncture complementary anaesthesia, treatment of leukemia, viral hepatitis, cardio-cerebrovascular diseases, acute abdomen, burns and fracture with integrated traditional Chinese and Western medicine and their therapeutic mechanisms, and some new concepts and theories have been put forward, such as the theories of activating blood to resolve stagnation, simultaneous treatment of bacteria and toxin, etc. But there still exit some problems in the research of the funded projects. The research ways are mainly combination of different methods instead of integration of both traditional Chinese and Western medicine. The research results are mainly confirmation of traditional Chinese medical theories instead of exploration of their innate regularities. The relationship among disease, syndrome and symptom is not clearly explored. The principal-subordinate relationship between macro- and micro-differentiation of syndromes is not clear. Academic research is short of new ideas. Improper or biased explanation of the theories of traditional Chinese medicine still exists. On analysis of above problems, some preferable aspects of projects for fundamental research on integrated traditional Chinese and Western medicine funded by NSFC in future are suggested in this article.
Article: Utilization, cost, payment, and patient satisfaction of rehabilitative services in Shandong, China.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: China's transformation into a market-based and global economy has had dramatic health policy implications on a system that serves roughly 1.3 billion people. This global perspective is resulting in the integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and western medicine for the treatment of an increasing number of morbidities. However, little research has been conducted that examines patient response to this convergence. This study researches the utilization, cost, payment and patient satisfaction with rehabilitative services received in China. A structured questionnaire was administered to 192 patients receiving rehabilitative services in China's Shandong Province. The most frequently ordered TCM therapies were acupuncture (14.1%) and massage therapy (15.6%). The most frequently ordered western therapies were physical therapy (62.5%) and occupational therapy (6.3%). Physical therapy was considered the most cost-effective service at almost half the cost of acupuncture. Almost 85% of respondents had some form of health insurance and 90% expressed satisfaction with their therapy. Healthcare providers should consider offering TCM and western medicine for morbidities requiring rehabilitative services. In a more global healthcare marketplace, the convergence of these two treatment modalities can lead to higher patient satisfaction and more cost-effective treatments.Health Policy 07/2009; 93(1):21-6. · 1.51 Impact Factor