have shown that chiropractic patients tend to be more pleased
with their care than patients of medical doctors. The odds
are good that you are one of the many people who are highly
satisfied with their doctor of chiropractic (DC) and their
level of treatment.
Yet another study points out the high level of patient approval
regarding chiropractic care. In the study, published in the
Journal of the Neuromusculoskeletal System, researchers
examined aspects of clinical care in chiropractic practices
and determined patient satisfaction with treatment. One hundred
seventy-two DCs and nearly 3,000 of their adult patients who
had sought treatment at least once previously completed questionnaires
during a visit. The data obtained on patient satisfaction
are listed below:
- 88% of patients felt their DC always respected their opinion
(9% responded "usually");
- 85% said their DC always listened to them carefully and
explained treatment clearly (12% responded "usually");
- 82% said their DC never recommended an excessive number
of visits (11% responded "sometimes"); and
- 76% claimed their DC involved them in decisions "as much
as they wanted" (19% responded "usually").
Clearly, most chiropractic patients are happy with their
level of care. You have every reason to be satisfied with
your DC and the treatment he or she provides. If you aren't
experiencing a high level of care, be sure to seek out a DC
that is right for you, and if you are happy, be sure to recommend
your DC to family and friends. If you need to locate a chiropractor
in your area, go to http://www.chiroweb.com/locator.
Hawk C, Long CR, Boulanger KT. Patient satisfaction with
the chiropractic clinical encounter: Report from a practice-based
research program. Journal of the Neuromusculoskeletal System
2001:9(4), pp. 109-117.