PILOT STUDY SURVEY ATTRIBUTES OF CHIROPRACTIC PATIENTS OVER 55 YEARS OF AGE

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Published Mar 13, 2018
John Ward Kimary Farrar Raquel Lopez Kelsey Word

Abstract

Objective: The purpose of this qualitative study was to develop a profile of attributes of older chiropractic patients.Methods: An 18-question survey was distributed to 400 chiropractic patients through 80 different chiropractors’ offices. Descriptive statistics were used to present data. Results: The majority of respondents were 55-64 years of age (51.8%), female (63.6%), Caucasian (76.4%), living with others (82.1%), never been a smoker (58.2%), and taking 1-3 medications (51.9%). Most respondents were able to walk unimpaired (63.6%), able to care for themselves without assistance (98.2%), in moderate pain (85.5%), and not anxious (70.9%). Furthermore, they were able to drive themselves to doctor appointments (92.7%), reported back pain (76.8%), stated their health status was good overall (55.4%), and were receiving spinal/joint manipulation from their doctor (96.4%).Conclusion: More than 75% of older chiropractic patients responded that they were Caucasian, living with others, reported no problems with self-care, had moderate pain, drove themselves to doctor appointments, reported back pain, and received spinal manipulation. Respondents appeared to be generally healthy and not frail.
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Keywords

Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Health Disparities, Chiropractic, Geriatrics, Frail Elderly

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