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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
3178.0: Monday, December 12, 2005 - 1:00 PM

Abstract #108682

Health promotion in chiropractic practice: 2005 NBCE job analysis

John K. Hyland, DC, MPH, Parker Research Institute, PO Box 3007, Bridgeport, CT 06605, 203.345.4256, drjkhyland@msn.com, Meridel I. Gatterman, MA, DC, MEd, Chiropractic Educational Consultant, 706 Goldflake Terrace, Bailey, CO 80421, and Mark G. Christensen, PhD, National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, 901 54th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80634.

Objective: To determine the frequency with which doctors of chiropractic provide health promotion, disease prevention, and self-care advice to their patients. Methods: The Job Analysis of Chiropractic 2005 survey by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) added a separate section that inquired about the frequency of utilization of health promotion and wellness care procedures. This is the first time these practices have been specifically investigated in this survey. The Job Analysis of Chiropractic 2005 summarizes the practice of chiropractic in the United States based on the responses of more than 2,500 full-time chiropractors from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Survey respondents reported information on their daily tasks and professional responsibilities as well as the conditions they see in their offices. Results: All 7 health promotion/wellness care procedures under investigation are routinely performed by more than 90% of responding chiropractors, and the majority (>50%) of their patients received 6 of the 7 procedures. Conclusions: These results are consistent with previous surveys of the chiropractic profession over the past ten years. Since the general public uses complementary and alternative health care providers such as chiropractors with increasing frequency, these practitioners can have a significant impact on the prevention and management of many chronic diseases. Doctors of chiropractic report that they frequently provide health promotion services, thereby addressing many of the preventable health conditions that are associated with personal decisions and lifestyle choices.

Learning Objectives: Attendees at this session will be able to

Keywords: Health Promotion, Health Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

I wish to disclose that I have NO financial interests or other relationship with the manufactures of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services or commercial supporters.

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