Health Services Research Related to Chiropractic

Review and Recommendations for Research Prioritization by the Chiropractic Profession

Published In: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, v. 20, no. 3, Mar.-Apr. 1997, p. 201-217

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 1997

by Robert Mootz, Ian D. Coulter, Daniel T. Hansen

Reports the results of an effort that drew upon available literature on the chiropractic profession. The effort identified key topics and pending research questions regarding (1) health services research on chiropractic, (2) the study of chiropractic practice environments, and (3) accountability and process in the chiropractic profession. These issues and potential research questions were then presented to a multidisciplinary expert panel that met as part of a national workshop to develop a chiropractic research agenda. The panel identified six high-priority research topics: determine barriers to usage of chiropractic; develop models to explain chiropractic usage; determine cost-effectiveness of different chiropractic procedures; develop valid measures of quality of chiropractic care; develop valid predictors of quality of chiropractic care; and examine satisfaction with chiropractic services from patients, other providers, and purchasers.

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