The Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport IA commissioned the Gallup organization to conduct a poll to look into Americans perceptions of Chiropractors. Gallup conducted the poll in the Spring of 2015 of 5422 American adults. The results were recently released both by Gallup and in a paper published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics. The results were very positive for the chiropractic profession.
The results indicate that 14% of the US population utilizes chiropractic services yearly which is more than the 8% noted in the National Health Interview study of 2012. 61% of Americans believe that chiropractors are effective at treating neck and back pain. 52.6% believe chiropractors to be trustworthy and 63% believe that chiropractors have the patients best interest in mind. Of these last two items the majority of respondents didn’t know how to answer or were neutral opposed to answering in the negative. Just over half of all US adults have seen a chiropractor at some point in their life and 29% preferred to see a chiropractor first for back or neck pain, medical doctors being the top first choice at 54%.
This poll is largely positive for chiropractic because it shows that the American public mostly views chiropractic positively. Since only 14% of the population see a chiropractor in a 12 month period and Americans still largely prefer to see a medical doctor first for back and neck pain means there are still many patients out there who are not seeing a chiropractor when they should. If you have read several of my last posts you might see a pattern that chiropractic first for spine pain will become the norm at some time in the feature. When that time does come the majority of Americans will be rather receptive in seeing a chiropractor first and others will come around when they realize chiropractors aren’t as scary as they have been lead to believe.