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The Practice Analysis of Chiropractic 2015 is a report that summarizes the practice of chiropractic in the United States based on the responses of full-time chiropractors from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Survey respondents reported information regarding their practices and professional responsibilities, then rated the level of risk to a patient’s health or safety when specific professional functions were poorly performed or omitted. This report also includes a summary of chiropractic research from around the world and data from previous surveys conducted in 1991, 1998, 2003, and 2009.

The practice analysis reports are used extensively to inform and educate state licensing boards, associations, legislators, and insurance companies on the practice patterns of full-time chiropractors. Additionally, the reports are used by educators throughout the profession and by the NBCE in the development of the NBCE Part III written and Part IV practical examinations.

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Downloadable Practice Analysis of Chiropractic

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Includes Table of Contents, List of Tables, List of Figures, Acknowledgements, Preface and Introduction, as well as Trends in Chiropractic Practice 1991 through 2009 from the inside cover

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Chapter 1: The Chiropractic Profession

Familiarizes readers with chiropractic and its practitioners, including personal, educational, and professional criteria for licensure

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Chapter 2: Review of Research Literature on Chiropractic Care

Provides additional information regarding chiropractic practice, including systematic reviews of clinical effectiveness research in various conditions, cost analysis studies, safety and patient satisfaction ratings, and basic science research

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Chapter 3: Public Accountability for Occupational Performance

Acquaints readers with occupational regulation and reports on the standards and procedures of testing for professional licensure

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Chapter 4: Planning and Developing the Practice Analysis Survey

Discusses the organization, development, and research procedures observed in the practice analysis project

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Chapter 5: Administering the Practice Analysis Survey

Describes the methods and protocols used to compile the survey mailing list, track all components, tabulate the data, survey non-respondents, etc.

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Chapter 6: Overview of Survey Responses

Provides an overview of the respondent chiropractors and their patient demographics

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Chapter 7: The Chiropractic Practitioner

Presents a detailed breakdown of the characteristics of the “typical” chiropractic practitioner, with comparisons to previous surveys

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Chapter 8: Patient Conditions

Reviews the various reasons that patients present for chiropractic care and provides discussions concerning frequency and patient management

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Chapter 9: Professional Functions and Treatment Procedures

Summarizes the response data relative to frequency and risk of professional functions and treatment procedures

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Appendix A: Association of Chiropractic Colleges

Description of ACC chiropractic paradigm and chiropractic scope and practice

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Appendix B: Survey of Chiropractic Practice 2014
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Appendix C: List of Survey Participants
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Appendix D: Organizations Mentioned in Practice Analysis 2015
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Bibliography: List of Works Cited
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Glossary: Glossary of Terms
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Index: Reference Page Numbers
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4 Responses to Practice Analysis
  1. Hey Alison,

    Does the post mention how many chiropractors were surveyed (did I miss it)? If not, can you tell me?

    Thank you!

    • We have links to PDF versions of all of the chapters of the report. Chapter 6 includes an overview of all of the responses by state.

  2. Is this the most recent version of this book?



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