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Journal of Integrative Medicine ›› 2017, Vol. 15 ›› Issue (6): 426-432.doi: 10.1016/S2095-4964(17)60364-9

Special Issue: Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Prospects of a comprehensive evaluation system for traditional Chinese medicine services

Wen-jie Xua, Ling-tai Wangb, Zhi-ping Zhaoc, Li-ming Zhub, Liang-hua Zua, Qi Zhangd, Dan-bo Doua,b   

  1. a. Center for International Classification Research on Traditional Medicine Clinical Conditions and Service Evaluation, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 201203, China;
    b. Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shuguang Hospital, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 201203, China;
    c. Division of Traditional Chinese Medicine Service Supervision, Shanghai Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning, Shanghai 200125, China;
    d. Traditional and Complementary Medicine, World Health Organization, Geneva 1211, Switzerland
  • Received:2017-05-30 Accepted:2017-06-30 Online:2017-11-15 Published:2018-11-15
  • Contact: Dan-bo Dou, PhD; E-mail: doudanbo@126.com

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a unique health resource in China and one of the main representative traditional medicines globally. TCM has formed a new way of looking at medical practices, health care, scientific research, education, industry and culture. It focuses on promoting and safeguarding the health of people, with an increasing contribution to economic and social development. Establishing a comprehensive evaluation system in accordance with the characteristics of TCM services could promote the scientific merit and the standardization of services management. This would improve health service quality and the social and economic benefits of TCM. It would broaden the field of TCM services research. It would also provide the basis for the formulation of relevant government policies. This study estimates the prospect of establishing a comprehensive evaluation system of TCM services.

Key words: Medicine, Chinese traditional, Complementary medicine, Alternative medicine, Evaluation system, Review

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