The Additional Qualification “Manual Medicine“ as a Meaningful Supplement for Family Medicine
DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2019.0314-0318german translation / full article
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.