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Research Collaboration Beyond Chiropractic

A chiro is a medical practitioner who uses the most natural methods to treat a patient’s pain. While physical pain is uncomfortable, it can also interfere with a person’s economic and social life. For example, people who suffer from severe back pain may be unable to work, significantly impacting the economy. Chiropractors offer the best treatment options available. They often avoid the use of tablets and surgery.

chiro South AustraliaWorkforce survey

A Chiro South Australia workforce survey has been released. The survey comprises a sample of the largest voluntary chiropractic workforce in the State. The sample was largely representative of the chiropractic profession in the State. The survey found that the percentage of chiropractors in South Australia is slightly overrepresented compared to their counterparts in the Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory, and Tasmania. Chiropractors from these States make up about three-quarters of the chiropractic workforce in South Australia.

 

The Chiro South Australia workforce survey has been conducted annually since 2015. It is the first national survey of its kind in Australia. Chiropractors are, on average, 42 years old, almost two-thirds of whom are male. Most chiropractors have bachelor’s degrees and treat a range of age groups and musculoskeletal conditions. Chiropractors also maintain good relationships with a variety of other health providers. This survey also reveals how much chiropractors earn and how much their salaries are.

Clinical management measures

The Australian Chiropractic Organisation Research Network, ACORN, has surveyed chiropractors in South Australia. The results suggest that chiropractors perform better than MDs at treating chronic low back pain. In addition, chiropractors return to work more quickly than MDs do. The survey’s findings are consistent with other studies conducted in Australia. However, there is no universally agreed-upon definition for chiropractic practice.

Communication skills

Among the qualities that make for a good chiropractor is their ability to communicate. Communication skills help them fill out important forms and promote their practice. Dr Jonathan Man of Adelaide, Australia, is known for his kind and gentle demeanour. He has been practising chiropractic for over 30 years and continues to develop his skills and knowledge. Dr Jonathan Man enjoys playing tennis, chess, and swimming when not practising chiropractic.

The study’s purpose was to determine which characteristics of chiro practitioners are associated with their social communication skills. The study’s main objective was to determine whether gender, age, and professional experience were independent predictors of the social communication skills of chiropractors. The chiropractors participating in the study filled out a questionnaire about their characteristics and social skills. The data collected were then analyzed using regression analysis to determine associations between the independent variables and social communication skills.

Practice in multi-practitioner location

The data in this study represent the practices of Chiro South Australia in a multi-practitioner location. The practice locations varied widely. The practices could range from a large inner-city group practice with multiple practitioners to a single practitioner practice without office support. The practitioners included both new graduates and experienced clinicians. The primary support staff was younger and had fewer years of experience than those employed in regional locations.

Findings from the study also support the concept of longer placements in non-metropolitan settings. MU students placed in regional practice settings were more likely to work in the health profession after graduation. However, the study did not fully reflect these associations, referring to placements lasting several months to a year. Chiropractors’ Association Australia (2016) reported similar findings.

Lack of PhDs among chiro doctors

A lack of PhDs among chiro doctors in the region may contribute to their limited research capacities. This lack has been identified in a survey conducted among a nationally representative sample of chiropractors in South Australia. The survey confirms basic findings from prior enquiries but provides new and significant insights into their work. Despite this lack, many chiropractors have Master’s degrees, a significant counterbalance to their relatively low number of PhDs.

The number of cases seen by Australian osteopathic and chiropractic students may influence their development of related competencies. Although few formal studies have been conducted on the educational outcomes of clinical education, this fact raises several questions. For example, a lack of PhDs among chiro doctors in South Australia could result from the exclusivity of one type of clinical placement. In addition, there are no hospital internships available in the Australasian context and likely to be unavailable in the foreseeable future. Nevertheless, UHCs, community placements, and private practice placements may provide quality clinical experience for a chiro doctor.


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