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Pain Location Matters: The Impact of Leg Pain on Health Care Use, Work Disability and Quality of Life in Patients with Low Back Pain

Chiro.Org Blog: Patients with self-reported leg pain below the knee utilise more health care are more likely to be unemployed and have poorer quality of life than those with LBP only 12 months following primary care consultation. The presence of leg pain warrants early identification in primary care to explore if targeted interventions can reduce the impact and consequences of leg pain. […]

Assessment of Patients With Neck Pain

Chiro.Org Blog: The purpose of this literature review was to synthesize the existing literature on various definitions, classifications, selection criteria, and outcome measures used in different studies in patients with neck pain. […]

Spinal Manipulation Compared with Back School and with Individually Delivered Physiotherapy

Chiro.Org Blog: Spinal manipulation was associated with higher functional improvement and long-term pain relief than back school or individual physiotherapy, but received more further treatment at follow-ups; pain recurrences and drug intake were also reduced compared to back school or individual physiotherapy. […]

Brief Screening Questions For Depression in Chiropractic Patients With Low Back Pain: Identification of Potentially Useful Questions and Test of Their Predictive Capacity

Chiro.Org Blog: Pain and depression often co-exist [1-3] , and although the causal relation between the two is not clear [4, 5] , evidence suggests that pain negatively affects outcome in depression as well as vice versa [6] . Low back pain (LBP) is a highly frequent pain condition with a substantial impact on global health [7] for which the risk of a poor prognosis is increased in the presence of depression [8, 9] . It is a condition for which there is no generally effective treatment, but non-pharmacological treatment addressing psychological symptoms in addition to the physical symptoms has been demonstrated to improve outcome in LBP patients with high scores on psychological questions [10]. […]

Medical Students Take the Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine Attitudes Questionnaire (CAIMAQ)

Chiro.Org Blog: While the use of complementary, alternative and integrative medicine (CAIM) is substantial, it continues to exist at the periphery of allopathic medicine. Understanding the attitudes of medical students toward CAIM will be useful in understanding future integration of CAIM and allopathic medicine. This study was conducted to develop and evaluate an instrument and assess medical students’ attitudes toward CAIM. The Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine Attitudes Questionnaire (CAIMAQ) was developed by a panel of experts in CAIM, allopathic medicine, medical education and survey development. A total of 1770 CAIMAQ surveys (51% of US medical schools participated) were obtained in a national sample of medical students in 2007. […]

Chiropractic Research & Practice: State of the Art

Chiro.Org Blog: Since chiropractic’s breakthrough decade in the 1970s — when the U.S. federal government included chiropractic services in Medicare and federal workers’ compensation coverage, approved the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) as the accrediting body for chiropractic colleges, and sponsored a National Institutes of Health (NIH) conference on the research status of spinal manipulation — the profession has grown and matured into an essential part of the nation’s healthcare system. […]

Chiropractic Management for Veterans with Neck Pain: A Retrospective Study of Clinical Outcomes

Chiro.Org Blog: The purpose of this study was to report demographic characteristics, chiropractic treatment methods and frequency, and clinical outcomes for chiropractic management of neck pain in a sample of veteran patients. […]

A Critical Piece of Quality Documentation: Outcomes Assessment

A Critical Piece of Quality Documentation: Outcomes Assessment

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SOURCE:   American Chiropractor 2011 (May) 33 (5): 28-34 by Steven Yeomans, D.C.

Today more than ever, chiropractors are faced with the challenge of running a busy practice and, at the same time, juggling the documenting requirements in light of Medicare audits, proving […]

The RAND 36-Item Health Survey 1.0 (SF 36)

The RAND 36-Item Health Survey 1.0 (SF 36)

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SOURCE:   Chiro.Org’s Outcome Assessment Questionnaire Page

Patient self-perception of the health care experience is becoming an important component of clinical outcomes assessment. In light of the progression toward a more closely managed health care system, chiropractors are being expected to document and […]

Do You Use Outcome Assessment Questionnaires?

Do You Use Outcome Assessment Questionnaires?

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If you haven’t noticed lately, every provider in each discipline is being held accountable for the care they provide to a patient. Why? Because evidence–based treatment approaches are becoming an expected “standard” for proving the effectiveness of care over time, and because tracking outcomes is a […]

Predicting Immediate Improvement With Cervical Spine Adjusting

Patients with nonspecific musculoskeletal disorders may vary in their responses to treatment. Fot that reason, a recent, large prospective study in JMPT set out to identify the predictors for improvement or worsening of symptoms when cervical spine manipulation was indicated.

Data was collected from 28,807 treatment consultations (19,722 patients) and 13,873 follow-up treatments. The presenting […]

The Rehabilitation Corner

Do you provide rehabilitation in your practice? If so, you may find the Chiropractic Rehabilitation Diplomate Information Page of interest.

The Rehab Page contains free materials from the leaders in chiropractic rehab, many useful articles, and also links to other rehab websites of value. Drop in for a look-see.

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Outcome Assessment

Do you use Outcome Assessment in your practice? Patient improvement, documented with pre- and post- scoring on questionnaires (QAs) like the Neck Disability Index, or the SF-36, are indisputable evidence of medical necessity and patient progress.

Our Outcome Assessment Page contains, or links to, many of the most supported QAs. They are especially helpful in […]