A cross sectional study was conducted in collaboration with the World Naturopathic Federation. A survey capturing clinical diagnostic and treatment considerations for up to 20 consecutive patients was administered to naturopaths in 14 countries.
Naturopaths ( = 56) were mostly female (62.5%), aged between 36 and 45 years (37.5%), in practice for 5-10 years (44.6%), and consulting between 11 and 20 patients per week (35.7%). Participants completed the survey for 851 patient cases. Naturopaths reported a greater number of physiological systems relevant to clinical cases where the patients were working age (18-65 years) (IRR 1.3, = .042), elderly (65 years and over) (IRR 1.4, = .046), or considered by the naturopath to have a chronic health condition (IRR 1.2, = .003). The digestive system was weakly associated with patients based on chronicity of the health complaint ( = .1149, = .004), or having a musculoskeletal complaint ( = .1067, = .002) autoimmune pathophysiology ( = .1681, < .001), and considered relevant in respiratory ( = .1042, = .002), endocrine ( = .1023, = .003), female reproductive ( = .1009, = .003), and integumentary ( = .1382, < .001) systems.
Naturopaths across the world adopt an integrative physiological approach to the diagnosis and treatment of chronic and complex health care complaints..
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