The Additional Qualification “Manual Medicine“ as a Meaningful Supplement for Family Medicine

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2019.0314-0318

german translation / full article

Dana Loudovici-Krug, Wolfram Linz, Matthias Psczolla, Ulrich Christian Smolenski, Lothar Beyer

Keywords: family physician functional motor disorders manual diagnostics and therapy musculoskeletal diseases

Background: Palpation and manual treatment of patients has always been part of medical treatment. This paper deals with the current role of manual medicine in the daily work of family physicians.Methods: A self-designed questionnaire was sent to members of the German Society of Manual Medicine. Only responses of family physicians were analyzed. Results: 159 family physicians took part in this survey. Almost half of these physicians uses manual methods in their daily routine, for diagnosis (47 %) as well as for treatment (44 %). For 82 % of the interviewees manual medicine plays an important role.Conclusions: The results of this study suggest that a qualification in manual medicine can be a useful supplement for family physicians caring for patients with musculoskeletal complaints.

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