Posted November 21, 2018 06:09:07 A survey of more than 4,000 people found Western medicine has been doing the best to treat Lyme disease, a condition in which the body produces antibodies that attack the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.
Western medicine also has the most effective treatments for Lyme disease in Australia, according to the survey.
The survey found Western Medicine’s treatment for Lyme Disease was the most cost-effective, with a median cost of $24,000 per person.
Western Medicine Australia said the median cost was $20,000 for patients with symptoms.
Western doctors in Western Australia performed about 2,000 cases of Lyme disease treatment a year between 2000 and 2018, compared with about 500 cases a year in the rest of Australia, the survey showed.
Dr Simon Winton from Western Medicine said the survey was a “very significant achievement” for the community.
“The results are a good indication of what Western Medicine is doing to treat the Lyme disease and to reduce the burden of Lyme Disease,” Dr Winton said.
Western Doctors also reported higher patient satisfaction.
“We had the best satisfaction among our patients with treatment, with only two patients in the entire survey reporting no improvement in their symptoms,” Dr David Johnson said.
“Our most common patients reported improvement in quality of life, with many saying that they were more productive, happier and were more satisfied with their care.”
Western Medicine reported the best patient satisfaction with treatment.
Dr Johnson said the number of cases treated in Western Medicine was lower than in other Western Australian centres.
“In the general population, we do not see a significant difference in the number or severity of cases of the disease,” Dr Johnson added.
Western Medical Australia said it was confident in the results of the survey and would conduct further research to improve its services.