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Characteristics of Chiropractic Practitioners, Patients, and Encounters in Massachusetts and Arizona

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Characteristics of Chiropractic Practitioners, Patients, and Encounters in Massachusetts and Arizona

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J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2005 (Nov); 28 (9): 645–653

Robert D. Mootz, DC, Daniel C. Cherkin, PhD,
Carson E. Odegard, DC, MPH, David M. Eisenberg, MD,
James P. Barassi, DC, Richard A. Deyo, MD, MPH

State of Washington,
Department of Labor and Industries,
Olympia 98504-4321, USA


OBJECTIVE:   To describe chiropractic care using data collected at the time of each patient visit.

METHODS:   Random samples of chiropractors licensed in Arizona and Massachusetts were recruited to participate in interviews about their training, demographics, and practice characteristics. Interviewees were then recruited to record information about patient condition, evaluation, care, and visit disposition on 20 consecutive patient visits.

RESULTS:   Data for 2,550 chiropractic patient visits were recorded. Care for low back, head and neck pain accounted for almost three quarters of visits. Extremity conditions and wellness care accounted for approximately half of the remaining visits. Spinal and soft tissue examinations were the most frequently reported diagnostic procedures (80% and 56% of visits, respectively), and high-velocity spinal manipulation techniques were the most frequently reported therapeutic procedures (almost 85% of visits). Rehabilitation exercises, thermal modalities, electric stimulation, and counseling/education/self-care were each performed during approximately 25% of visits. Approximately 85% of patients seen were self-referred, whereas only approximately 5% came from medical physicians. Approximately 35% of visits had an expected source of payment directly from the patient. Approximately 80% of visits ended with a plan for the patient to return at a specified time.

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