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J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2004 Sep;27(7):472-7.

Chiropractors disciplined by a state chiropractic board and a comparison with disciplined medical physicians.

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  • 1Natural Sciences Department, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, Calif, USA. smfdoc@sbcglobal.net

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine categories of offense, experience, and gender of disciplined doctors of chiropractic (DC) in California and compare them with disciplined medical physicians in California.

METHODS:

Retrospective reviews of publicly available data from the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

RESULTS:

The DC disciplinary categories, in descending order, were fraud (44%), sexual boundary issues (22%), other offenses (13%), abuse of alcohol or drugs (10%), negligence or incompetence (6%), poor supervision (2%), and mental impairment (.3%).

CONCLUSIONS:

The professions differ in the major reasons for disciplinary actions. Two thirds (67%) of the doctors of chiropractic were disciplined for fraud and sexual boundary issues, compared with 59% for negligence and substance misuse for medical physicians. Additional study in each profession may reveal methods to identify causes and possible intervention for those who are at high risk.

PMID:
15389179
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