Updated: 8/12/2016

New 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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Chiropractors are effective

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Chiropractic use

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Who chooses chiropractic?

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