Table 2

Results from the open-ended question: "What is your definition of the concept of maintenance care?" Interview of 11 Danish chiropractors who use maintenance care

Type of informationDescription of responses
1. History of low back painThree chiropractors mentioned the patient's history, stating that maintenance care was suitable for patients who had recurrent symptoms over a long period.

2. Type of symptomsSeven of the chiropractors mentioned or implied that maintenance care patients do not necessarily have to have any symptoms, when coming to the clinic for a "check up".

3. Severity of symptomsSix of the chiropractors mentioned that maintenance care can be offered regardless the severity of symptoms.

4. Specific objective findings-

5. Frequency of visitsFive of the respondents mentioned the frequency with which they would schedule visits for their maintenance care patients. The total range was between 1 and 6 months and three mentioned an interval of 3 months. They also mentioned that the timing of appointments would vary with the needs of the patient.

6. Duration of maintenance care program-

7. Aim of the maintenance care programTen of the eleven chiropractors agreed that the main purpose of maintenance care is to check up on the patient. They all intended to help the patient improve spinal function, hereby avoiding a relapse of symptoms.
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