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Chiropractic patients in Denmark: a short description of basic characteristics.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11986577     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
BACKGROUND: The vast majority of information on chiropractic and chiropractic patients originates from English-speaking countries. Lately, however, reports describing chiropractic patients and practice in other European countries have emerged. OBJECTIVE: To describe basic characteristics of Danish chiropractic patients. DESIGN: Survey questionnaire. All chiropractic clinics in Denmark were asked to collect information on new patients during 1 randomly assigned week in 1999. SETTING: Private chiropractic practice and a nonprofit research institution. OUTCOME MEASURES: Age and sex, location and duration of chief complaint, pain intensity, limitation of activities of daily living from chief complaint, and mode of referral. RESULTS: Eighty-eight percent of all chiropractic clinics in Denmark participated in the study. Out of 2020 patients from the participating clinics, 1897 (94%) filled out a self-administered questionnaire. The mean age of participants was 42 years, and slightly more women than men returned the questionnaire. By far the most frequent area of complaint was pain related to the lower back (50%) followed by pain related to the neck (15%). The majority of patients had complaints in the subacute or chronic category (duration 1-6 months). Patients with sciatica had significantly higher pain scores and limitation in activities of daily living (ADL) than any other group, whereas patients with neck pain tended to score lower. Patients in the subacute category had the highest pain scores and limitation in ADL. For complaints lasting more than 6 months, limitation in ADL remained constant at a low level. Twenty-three percent of all patients were referred to the chiropractor, most frequently by a general medical practitioner. More than half of all patients had previously been treated for the same or similar problems, most frequently by a chiropractor. Fifty-one percent had also received chiropractic care for other types of problems. CONCLUSIONS: Most Danish chiropractic patients complain of pain related to the low back or neck of between 1 and 6 months' duration. This study confirms that chiropractic is fairly well integrated in the Danish primary health care system. There are differences between the chiropractic patient population in Denmark compared with that of Sweden and Holland.
Authors:
Jan Hartvigsen; Line P Sorensen; Kristian Graesborg; Niels Grunnet-Nilsson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics     Volume:  25     ISSN:  0161-4754     ISO Abbreviation:  J Manipulative Physiol Ther     Publication Date:    2002 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-05-02     Completed Date:  2002-06-24     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7807107     Medline TA:  J Manipulative Physiol Ther     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  162-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics, Odense, Denmark. j.hartvigsen@nikkb.dk
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Child
Chiropractic / standards*,  statistics & numerical data*
Chronic Disease
Denmark / epidemiology
Female
Humans
Infant
Low Back Pain / epidemiology*,  therapy
Male
Middle Aged
Neck Pain / epidemiology*,  therapy
Neuromuscular Diseases / epidemiology
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