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Table 5 Characteristics of visits to naturopathic physicians in Connecticut (1998) and Washington (1999)

From: Practice patterns of naturopathic physicians: results from a random survey of licensed practitioners in two US States

  Connecticut (n = 631 visits) % Washington (n = 1186 visits) %
Diagnostics/Screen Services:   
Examinations   
   Vitals (BP, pulse, temp) 28 39
   HEENT 18 15
   Complete physical 13 9
   Mental Status <5 6
Imaging   
   x-ray 1 2
   ultrasound 1 1
Blood tests   
   Complete blood count 7 10
   Serum chemistry 7 9
   Thyroid 3 7
   Lipids panel 4 5
   Allergy 4 2
Additional Tests   
   Stool analysis 5 4
   Urine analysis 4 2
   Vitamin/Mineral 3 0
   Endocrine 2 3
   Allergy Skin test 1 1
   TB skin test 1 0
Therapeutics and Preventive Services:   
Naturopathic Therapeutics   
   Botanical medicine 51 43
   Vitamins 41 43
   Minerals 35 39
   Homeopathy 29 19
   Acupuncture 14 4
   Allergy treatment 11 13
   Glandular therapies 4 13
Physical Therapies   
   Naturopathic manipulation 8 15
   Physiotherapy 1 13
   Hydrotherapy 4 10
   Ultrasound 2 9
   Mechanotherapy 2 7
Counseling/Education   
   Therapeutic diet 26 36
   Self-care education 17 23
   Exercise therapy 9 12
   Mental Health 4 6
Visit disposition *   
   No follow-up planned 5 4
   Return if needed 18 21
   Return at specified time 77 74
   Referred (% to an MD) 5 (4) 6 (4)
Visit Duration   
   Mean, minutes 40 44
   <15 minutes 1 3
   15–29 minutes 14 20
   30 to 44 minutes 49 31
   45–59 minutes 15 18
   >/=60 minutes 20 28
  1. * Totals add to more than 100% because multiple responses were allowed