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2016: Chiropractic is Safe and Effective

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


Low-back pain is the single leading cause of physical disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. 

According to the 2016 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, with reporting years annually 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Key highlights:

  • Nearly 62 million U.S. adults (25%) 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 (75%) described chiropractic care as “very effective.”
  • 88% 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 was repeated in 2017 and 2018 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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