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Attitudes toward drug prescription rights: a survey of Ontario chiropractors

Overview of attention for article published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, July 2015
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Title
Attitudes toward drug prescription rights: a survey of Ontario chiropractors
Published in
Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, July 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12998-015-0066-7
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Peter Charles Emary, Kent Jason Stuber

Abstract

Several published surveys have shown that chiropractors are generally split in their opinions regarding the right to prescribe drugs in chiropractic practice. Many of these studies have been limited by low response rates, leaving the generalizability of their findings open to question. The aim of the current study was to ascertain the general attitudes of chiropractors in Ontario, Canada toward the inclusion of drug prescription rights in their scope of practice. Relationships between these attitudes and the number of years in practice including differences in philosophical orientation were also explored. A 14-item questionnaire was developed and invitations sent via e-mail to all eligible 2,677 chiropractors in active practice registered electronically with the College of Chiropractors of Ontario in February 2015. Data were collected and analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. 960 questionnaires were completed for a 36 % response rate. The majority of respondents agreed that chiropractors should be permitted to prescribe musculoskeletal medications such as over-the-counter and prescription-based analgesics, anti-inflammatories, and muscle relaxants. Over two-thirds also felt that with limited prescriptive authority chiropractors could help reduce patients' reliance on these types of drugs. Over three-quarters were opposed however to chiropractors having full prescribing rights. The majority indicated they recommend over-the-counter medications to acute and chronic patients to some extent in clinical practice. Nearly two-thirds perceived their knowledge of musculoskeletal medications as high or very high, while a similar proportion perceived their knowledge of drugs for non-musculoskeletal conditions to be low or very low. A majority of respondents felt that further education in pharmacology would be necessary for those in the profession wishing to prescribe medications. More recent graduates and those who espoused a broad scope of chiropractic practice were most in favour of limited prescribing rights for the profession. A majority of responding Ontario chiropractors expressed interest in expanding their scopes of practice to include limited drug prescription. These results together with those of other recent surveys could indicate a shift in chiropractors' attitudes toward drug prescription rights within the profession. Further surveys and/or qualitative studies of chiropractors in other jurisdictions are still needed.

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Unknown 27 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Unspecified 10 37%
Student > Master 4 15%
Other 3 11%
Professor 2 7%
Student > Ph. D. Student 1 4%
Other 2 7%
Unknown 5 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Unspecified 10 37%
Medicine and Dentistry 6 22%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 11%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 1 4%
Physics and Astronomy 1 4%
Other 1 4%
Unknown 5 19%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 9. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 05 November 2015.
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#1,405,749
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#92
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#38,060
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Outputs of similar age from Chiropractic & Manual Therapies
#3
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