Nurses Give Chiropractic High Marks
A survey of 1000 nurses showed that even though they consider
themselves poorly trained in non-medical care, they gave chiropractic high
marks. The survey was published in the June 2001 issue of the Journal
of Community Health. The survey asked a variety of questions on
a number of health care procedures termed by the study as
"Complementary Alternative Medicine" (CAM).
Chiropractic was included in this survey and received some of the best
reviews from the nurses surveyed.
The Journal article starts by stating, "In 1997, 42 percent of the
American adult population made 629 million visits to alternative health
care practitioners and spent $27 billion out-of-pocket for these services.
It has been estimated that in the year 2000, Americans will spend $60
billion on complementary and alternative medical therapies."
The Journal uses these figures as a basis for wanting to understand how
the nurses view these types of procedures.
The survey to the nurses covered areas including, perceived
effectiveness; perceived safety; recommendations made to friends, clients
and associates; and personal use. An interesting finding of the
study was that the nurses felt that they themselves were poorly trained in
understanding CAM procedures as only 21% of the respondents considered
themselves to have received "good" or "excellent"
professional preparation in dealing with these types of care, which
include chiropractic. Conversely, the
vast majority (79%) of nurses perceived their professional preparation in
the area of alternative and complementary medical therapies to be fair or
In the area of effectiveness, the nurses ranked chiropractic first, in
a tie with biofeedback. They overwhelmingly rejected the idea that
chiropractic or the other CAM procedures were only effective because of
the placebo effect. According to the nurses chiropractic ranked
second in safety behind hypnotherapy.
The study also showed that approximately 14% of the nurses surveyed had
used chiropractic themselves. Even more surprising is that the study
revealed that nearly one quarter (23%) of the nurses said they
"periodically" or "regularly" recommend chiropractic
care to their friends, patients and associates, while another 27% said
they recommend it occasionally. Apparently, as the survey results
suggest, the more knowledge of CAM procedures such as chiropractic the
nurses had, the more likely they were to use them themselves and refer
others to them.