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The new chiropractic

Overview of attention for article published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, June 2016
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#18 of 519)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (96th percentile)

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5 blogs
28 tweeters
9 Facebook pages
1 Google+ user
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The new chiropractic
Published in
Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, June 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12998-016-0108-9
Pubmed ID

Bruce F. Walker


Physical manipulation and manual therapies are thousands of years old. The most popular western world iteration of these therapies is delivered by chiropractors. It can be argued that the collective public health benefit from chiropractic for spinal pain has been very substantial, however as chiropractic has transitioned from craft to profession it has encountered many internally and externally driven machinations that have retarded its progress to a fully accepted allied health profession. This article sets out a ten point plan for a new chiropractic that will achieve full acceptance for this troubled profession. This article is based on a keynote speech known as the FG Roberts Memorial Address delivered on October 10, 2015, in Melbourne, Australia at the Chiropractic & Osteopathic College of Australasia and Chiropractic Australia national conference. The ten point plan consists of the following: improving the pre-professional education of chiropractors, establishing a progressive identity, developing a special interest for the profession, marginalising the nonsensical elements of the profession, being pro-public health, supporting the legitimate organised elements of the profession, improving clinical practice, embracing evidence based practice, supporting research and showing personal leadership. Adherence to this fresh ten point plan will, over time, see the chiropractic profession gain full legitimacy in the allied health field and acceptance by other health providers, policy makers and the public at large.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 1%
Australia 1 1%
Canada 1 1%
Unknown 90 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Other 22 24%
Student > Bachelor 8 9%
Student > Doctoral Student 7 8%
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 6%
Researcher 6 6%
Other 26 28%
Unknown 18 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 34 37%
Nursing and Health Professions 20 22%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 3 3%
Neuroscience 3 3%
Philosophy 2 2%
Other 12 13%
Unknown 19 20%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 68. 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 26 May 2022.
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