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2015: Five facts about chiropractic

2015 Inaugural Report: Americans' Perceptions of Chiropractic

According to the 2015 Gallup report commissioned by Palmer College of Chiropractic, 33.6 million U.S. adults (14%) 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%) of adult Americans believe chiropractors are effective at treating neck and back pain.
  • The majority (57%) 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.
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JMPT logoThis first-ever nationally representative annual survey measured perceptions of, and experiences with, chiropractic among U.S. adults. The survey was repeated in 2016, 2017, and 2018 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).


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