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J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1988 Aug;11(4):281-9.

Chiropractic in the yellow pages: a content analysis study.

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Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, Whittier, CA 90609-1166.


This paper presents a content analysis of advertisements by chiropractors in the yellow pages. Information was gathered from 13 cities in the United States for the years 1985 and 1986. Results were categorized by size, number and content of the ads. Estimated expenditures for each city were calculated and a total cost for advertising for the entire chiropractic profession was estimated. Of the 5456 chiropractors listed in the yellow pages in this study, 14.7% bought additional space in the regular listing section, and 11.6% purchased large display advertisements. The remaining 73.7% listed only their name and telephone number. Of those who bought additional space, 10.8% advertised techniques, 11.6% symptoms, 14.7% injuries, 3% professional affiliations and 4% advertised free services. The average annual expenditure for the chiropractor was $2474.00. Future research needs to address the attitudes of the profession and patients toward advertising, and the cost-effectiveness of advertising. The value of the distribution of resources for advertising by chiropractors is questioned.

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