A Community-Based Study of the Use of Chiropractic Services

Published in: American Journal of Public Health, v. 81, no. 4, Apr. 1991, p. 439-442

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 1991

by Paul G. Shekelle, Robert H. Brook

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The authors analyzed data from the RAND Health Insurance Experiment (HIE), a community-based study of the use of health services. Insurance claim forms for all fee-for-service patients who completed the study were examined for all visits coded as being seen by a chiropractor. Services provided and patient-specified symptoms were taken from the forms. Population-based use rates were calculated for each HIE site. Use rates and services were calculated separately for first visits and repeat visits. The report concludes that chiropractors deliver a substantial amount of health care to the U.S. population, and there are significant geographic variations in the rate and intensity of use of chiropractic services.

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