|Nurses Give Chiropractic
A survey of 1000 nurses showed that even though they
consider themselves poorly trained in non-medical care,
they gave chiropractic high marks. The survey was
published in the June 2001 issue of the Journal of
Community Health. The survey asked a variety of
questions on a number of health care procedures termed
by the study as "Complementary Alternative Medicine"
(CAM). Chiropractic was included in this survey and
received some of the best reviews from the nurses
The Journal article starts by stating, "In 1997, 42
percent of the American adult population made 629
million visits to alternative health care practitioners
and spent $27 billion out-of-pocket for these services.
It has been estimated that in the year 2000, Americans
will spend $60 billion on complementary and alternative
medical therapies." The Journal uses these figures as a
basis for wanting to understand how the nurses view
these types of procedures.
The survey to the nurses covered areas including,
perceived effectiveness; perceived safety;
recommendations made to friends, clients and associates;
and personal use. An interesting finding of the study
was that the nurses felt that they themselves were
poorly trained in understanding CAM procedures as only
21% of the respondents considered themselves to have
received "good" or "excellent" professional preparation
in dealing with these types of care, which include
chiropractic. Conversely, the vast majority (79%) of
nurses perceived their professional preparation in the
area of alternative and complementary medical therapies
to be fair or poor.
In the area of effectiveness, the nurses ranked
chiropractic first, in a tie with biofeedback. They
overwhelmingly rejected the idea that chiropractic or
the other CAM procedures were only effective because of
the placebo effect. According to the nurses chiropractic
ranked second in safety behind hypnotherapy.
The study also showed that approximately 14% of the
nurses surveyed had used chiropractic themselves. Even
more surprising is that the study revealed that nearly
one quarter (23%) of the nurses said they "periodically"
or "regularly" recommend chiropractic care to their
friends, patients and associates, while another 27% said
they recommend it occasionally. Apparently, as the
survey results suggest, the more knowledge of CAM
procedures such as chiropractic the nurses had, the more
likely they were to use them themselves and refer others