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2017: Americans Prefer Drug-Free Pain Management

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 “Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic Annual Report: Americans' Views of Prescription Pain Medication and Chiropractic Care” is the third-annual Gallup-Palmer survey of American attitudes about chiropractic care, with reporting years annually 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. 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.)

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

  • 78% prefer to try other ways to address their physical pain before they take pain medication prescribed by a doctor
  • 27% 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%) have had an ongoing problem with neck or back pain for five years or more.
  • 22% 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% agree most chiropractors have their patient’s best interest in mind
  • 52% 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 Black patients and younger adults

Please enjoy and share these related resources.

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

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

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

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

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

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