The Gallup-Palmer College Annual Report

Updated: 10/03/2017

Americans Prefer Drug-Free Pain Management Over Opioids

The 2017 Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic Annual Report: Americans' Views of Prescription Pain Medication and Chiropractic Care

The 2017 report highlights findings on the prevalence of significant neck and back pain, perceptions of prescription pain management, and the use and costs of chiropractic care in the United States. The following are just a few of the key findings from this year's survey. (Click the report image to download the report.)

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A majority of Americans prefer to try other ways to address their pain before taking pain medication.

  • 78 percent prefer to try other ways to address their physical pain before they take pain medication prescribed by a doctor
  • 27 percent of U.S. adults have seen a health-care professional for significant neck or back pain in the last 12 months. Of those adults, more than half (54 percent) have had an ongoing problem with neck or back pain for five years or more.
  • 22 percent of U.S. adults prefer to take pain medication prescribed by a doctor to treat their physical pain

A majority of U.S. adults have positive views of chiropractors.

  • 63 percent agree most chiropractors have their patient’s best interest in mind
  • 52 percent agree most chiropractors are trustworthy

Many Americans don’t know enough about chiropractic care.

  • Half of U.S. adults who’ve never been to a chiropractor are uncertain whether chiropractors are trustworthy and whether chiropractic care is dangerous or expensive
  • Education about chiropractic care increases the likelihood people will go to a chiropractor, especially for blacks and younger adults

Please enjoy and share these related resources.

The Gallup Pain Management Research Brief, released Sept. 12, 2017 (.pdf):

2017 Gallup Opioid Brief

The "Addressing the Opioid Epidemic . . ." highlight video (2:51): 

2017 Gallup Opioid Brief Highlights

"Addressing the Opioid Epidemic . . ." full briefing video (1:38:52): 

2017 Gallup Opioid Briefing Full Video

A Gallup blog post on the survey and report, published 10/03/2017:

Gallup blog Post 2017

"Americans' Perceptions of Chiropractic" Year Three Study results, presented by Cynthia English (54:16)

Americans' Perceptions of Chiropractic Year Three Study Results video

 

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2016 Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic survey: Three in four patients describe chiropractic care as ‘very effective.’

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Aug. 26, 2016, DAVENPORT—Low-back pain is the single leading cause of physical disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. “Low-back pain and neck pain place a tremendous burden on our society,” said Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., vice chancellor for research and health policy at Palmer College of Chiropractic. “The opioid-overuse epidemic in the United States demonstrates that Americans need safe, effective, conservative health-care alternatives to prescription pain-killers.”

According to a new Gallup report commissioned by Palmer College of Chiropractic, U.S. adults are more likely to describe chiropractic care as “very safe” and “very effective” than to say this about pain medications or back surgery.

The “Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic Annual Report: Americans’ Perceptions of Chiropractic” is the second-annual Gallup-Palmer survey of American attitudes about chiropractic care.

Key highlights:

  • Nearly 62 million U.S. adults (25 percent) went to a chiropractor in the last five years. More than half (35.5 million) said they went in the last 12 months—up slightly from the 33.6 million in last year’s survey.
  • Three in four of those who saw a chiropractor in the last year (77 percent) described chiropractic care as “very effective.”
  • Eighty-eight percent of recent chiropractic patients agreed the quality of care they received was a good value for the money they paid.

This nationally representative annual survey measured perceptions of, and experiences with, chiropractic among U.S. adults. The survey will be repeated for at least one more year as part of Palmer College’s on-going effort to study and advance the profession’s identity and understanding of public perceptions regarding chiropractic care.

Highlights of the study are available online from Gallup. The full report is also online.

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2015 Inaugural Report

Updated: 9/30/2015

Americans' Perceptions of Chiropractic

According to a new Gallup report commissioned by Palmer College of Chiropractic, 33.6 million U.S. adults (14 percent) seek chiropractic care each year.

The report, officially named, the “Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic Inaugural Report: Americans' Perceptions of Chiropractic,” also indicates that more than half of U.S. adults view doctors of chiropractic positively and agree they're effective at treating neck and back pain.

Key highlights:

  • Two-thirds (61 percent) of adult Americans believe chiropractors are effective at treating neck and back pain.
  • The majority (57 percent) of adults are likely to see a chiropractor for neck or back pain.
  • More than 1/2 of all U.S. adults have visited a chiropractor, and more than 1/4 of them would choose chiropractic care first for back or neck pain.
  • Nearly 1/2 of all U.S. adults don't know if their insurance covers chiropractic care.

JMPT logoThis first-ever nationally representative annual survey measured perceptions of, and experiences with, chiropractic among U.S. adults. The survey will be repeated for at least two more years as part of Palmer College's on-going effort to study and advance the profession's identity and public understanding of chiropractic care.

Highlights of the study are available online from Gallup. The full report also is online. In addition, a scientific article based on this research, titled “Public Perceptions of Doctors of Chiropractic: Results of a National Survey and Examination of Variation According to Respondents' Likelihood to Use Chiropractic, Experience With Chiropractic, and Chiropractic Supply in Local Health Care Markets,” was published by the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT).Five Questions About Chiropractic Poster

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  2. Attribute the work to Gallup and Palmer College of Chiropractic (but not in any way that suggests Gallup or Palmer College endorses you or your use of the work)
  3. Include the link: www.palmer.edu/gallup-report

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