A profile of middle-aged women who consult a chiropractor or osteopath: Findings from a survey of 11,143 Australian women

Sibbritt, David, Adams, Jon and Young, Anne F. (2006) A profile of middle-aged women who consult a chiropractor or osteopath: Findings from a survey of 11,143 Australian women. Journal of Manipulative And Physiological Therapeutics, 29 5: 349-353.


Author Sibbritt, David
Adams, Jon
Young, Anne F.
Title A profile of middle-aged women who consult a chiropractor or osteopath: Findings from a survey of 11,143 Australian women
Journal name Journal of Manipulative And Physiological Therapeutics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0161-4754
Publication date 2006-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jmpt.2006.04.013
Volume 29
Issue 5
Start page 349
End page 353
Total pages 5
Editor C. Johnson
Place of publication St Louis
Publisher Mosby, Inc
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
321302 Chiropractic
730201 Women's health
Abstract Purpose: The aim of this study is to examine the prevalence of chiropractic and osteopathy use and the profile of chiropractor/osteopath users among middle-aged Australian women. Methods: This article reports on research conducted as part of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health. The focus of this article is the middle-aged women who responded to Survey 3 in 2001 when they were between the ages of 50 and 55 years. The demographic characteristics, health status, and health service use of chiropractic/osteopathy users and nonusers were compared using chi(2) tests for categorical variables and t tests for continuous variables. Results: We estimate that 16% of middle-aged women consult with a chiropractor or osteopath (after adjustment for the oversampling of rural women). Area of residence, education, and employment status were all statistically significantly associated with chiropractic and osteopath use. Specifically, women who live in nonurban areas were more likely to consult a chiropractor or osteopath, compared with women who live in urban areas. Women are significantly more likely to consult with a chiropractor/osteopath if they have had a major personal injury in the previous year, and women who use chiropractic/osteopathy are also high users of 'conventional' health services. Conclusions: Chiropractic/osteopathy use among women in Australia is substantial and cannot be ignored by those providing or managing primary health care services for women. It is essential that the interface and communication between chiropractors/osteopaths and other health care providers be highlighted and maximized to establish and maintain effective overall patient coordination and management.
Keyword Chiropractic
Osteopathic Medicine
Women's Health
Prevalence
Utilization
Health Care Sciences & Services
Integrative & Complementary Medicine
Rehabilitation
Alternative Medicine
North-america
Complementary
Health
Attitudes
Cohort
Trends
Q-Index Code C1

 
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