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Am J Public Health. 2002 Oct;92(10):1628-33.

Comparing the satisfaction of low back pain patients randomized to receive medical or chiropractic care: results from the UCLA low-back pain study.

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Department of Epidemiology, UCLA School of Public Health, University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA. hertzman_miller@post.harvard.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study examined the difference in satisfaction between patients assigned to chiropractic vs medical care for treatment of low back pain in a managed care organization.

METHODS:

Satisfaction scores (on a 10-50 scale) after 4 weeks of follow-up were compared among 672 patients randomized to receive medical or chiropractic care.

RESULTS:

The mean satisfaction score for chiropractic patients was greater than the score for medical patients (crude difference = 5.5; 95% confidence interval = 4.5, 6.5). Self-care advice and explanation of treatment predicted satisfaction and reduced the estimated difference between chiropractic and medical patients' satisfaction.

CONCLUSIONS:

Communication of advice and information to patients with low back pain increases their satisfaction with providers and accounts for much of the difference between chiropractic and medical patients' satisfaction.

PMID:
12356612
PMCID:
PMC1447298
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