therapy and manual therapy practitioners and
students alerting them to 'red flag' symptoms
which should be referred for Western medical
investigation or emergency medical treatment.
When can a patient be safely reassured and when
do they need further investigation or treatment?
'Red flags' are clinical signs that suggest a patient
needs prompt investigation and treatment for
a potentially dangerous situation. Therapists
increasingly find themselves working alongside
conventionally trained doctors and nurses and it is
vital for them to understand conventional medical
diagnoses, symptoms and treatments and, crucially,
to recognise warning signs of serious disease. This
is essential in order to be a safe practitioner.
Clare Stephenson's The Complementary Therapist's
Guide to Red Flags and Referrals meets this need by
providing an easily accessible reference to 'red flag'
symptoms, designed especially for therapists. It offers
guidance on how best to respond to those symptoms
and signs of disease which can be readily discerned
through routine history taking and basic examination
of the body. The guidance is in language which is
accessible to therapists, and clear advice is offered
on when to refer patients to conventional medicine
practitioners and how to communicate with doctors
when making a referral.
Clinical syndromes which merit rapid response are
summarised for ease of reference.
Clare Stephenson trained as a medical doctor studying at both Cambridge and Oxford Universities and worked for a number of years as a general family practitioners. She trained in acupuncture in order to use it in her general practice but later decided to specialise in acupuncture. She was asked to go back to the College where she trained in acupuncture to teach conventional medical sciences to TCM students. The work on which the book is based was commissioned by the school for use with their students and has been trialled with those students over a 12 month period.