The UTS Chinese Medicine sits within the School of Life Sciences, and undertakes a wide scope of teaching and research activities relating to Chinese medicine clinical practice. Our research includes experimental work into diabetes and metabolic syndrome, Chinese medicine health informatics, Chinese medicine theory and its applications to practice, and a variety of human clinical trials.
At UTS the CM academic staff are involved in research into acupuncture for pain relief and musculoskeletal disorders, Chinese herbal medicine for insomnia, the physiological effects of Taiji and other Chinese manual therapies. In addition a number of staff members are associated with the National Institute of Complementary Medicine and are undertaking Chinese medicine research in conjunction with the Institute.
Examples of UTS TCM research projects include:
Improving Patient Health Outcomes in Chinese Medicine
Patient health outcome data is being collected at the UTS Chinese Medicine Clinic in a systematic manner via Patient Reported questionnaires, which will be used to track and evaluate patient progress to better guide practitioners in clinical decision making and treatment plans. The project aims to provide practitioners with information to help improve the quality of care offered to patients, drive improvements in student education and training as well as contribute to ‘real world data’ in building the Chinese medicine evidence base.
Ethics approval No. UTS HREC 2013000730
Clinical Reasoning in Chinese Medicine
This PhD project is looking at how Chinese medicine practitioners reason during a clinical encounter. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods both experienced and novice practitioners will analyse simulated case scenarios to determine their cognitive problem solving strategies and reasoning processes across a variety of commonly scene diseases and illnesses.
Ethics approval No. ETH16 0717
This PhD project involves the analysis of volatile oils in the smoke produced by moxibustion (the combustion of the artemisia argyii leaf), a traditional therapeutic method that warms and stimulates the skin surface. Samples taken in a simulated setting will be analysed using the latest gas mass spectroscopy technology and benchmarked against current safety standards.