Hey practice members! Remember the chiropractic research study I was participating in earlier this year? Here is some more information about that study! And a big thank you to those of you who helped provide data!
This research update was written by Christie Kwon, DC and is courtesy of the ICPA and Pathways Magazine. We are a proud member of the ICPA. CLICK HERE to see the article in its original format. For more information, visit discoverkidshealth.org
Parental Satisfaction with the Chiropractic Care of their Children
“Wherever the art is loved, there is also a love of humanity.” – Hippocrates
Did you know that parental satisfaction is a major factor in a family’s decision to seek chiropractic care for their children? Research shows that the measure of satisfaction for chiropractic care can accurately reflect the perceived effectiveness. This PBRN study will examine how parents regard the interpersonal process of chiropractic care, including communication, friendliness, and sensitivity, for their children.
Patient satisfaction is an important benchmark in the utilization of healthcare services, especially for complementary and alternative (CAM) options. A patient’s satisfaction not only equated to the perceived effectiveness (i.e. symptom relief) but also to the overall experience. Aspects of the interpersonal process of care such as empathy, communication, friendliness, and cultural sensitivity plays a large role in the perceived quality of care and patient satisfaction (1).
Studies comparing patient satisfaction in allopathic versus CAM models have suggested that satisfaction and patient preference may correlate more strongly with the doctor-patient relationship and overall experience than with symptom resolution (2). A 2014 European survey of parents with infants under chiropractic care showed only moderate correlation between satisfaction and symptom improvement. Yet, the same study showed significant satisfaction overall (3). It is beneficial to further study the common factors that influence parental satisfaction and lead to continuation of chiropractic care for their families, particularly in the care of children.
Chiropractic care varies from practice to practice, meaning that families may have very different experiences related to the practice environments and clinical care provided by the practitioner. Knowledge of the research, clinical expertise, and patient preferences are three major elements to take into account for evidence informed decision making to occur in a clinical practice.
ICPA strives to continue to promote family wellness through our research projects. PBRN #11 is a survey-based study that will collect information based on parent questionnaires about satisfaction with their child’s care and visits. It is anticipated that the results of this study will further demonstrate that parents seek chiropractic care for their children because of their own satisfaction with the health outcomes of care as well as the positive socialpsychological aspects of care.
Chiropractic in Fort Collins:
At Peak Performance, we pride ourselves in creating a family-friendly atmosphere as well as staying at the top of our field in pediatric and family adjusting skills. Have a question? Give us a call! 970-232-9258
1. Stewart AL, Napoles-Springer A, Perez-Stable EJ, Posner SF, Bindman AB, Pinderhughes HL, et al. Interpersonal processes of care in diverse populations. Milbank Q. 1999 Sep;77(3);305-39.
2. Marian F, Joost K, Saini KD, vonAmmon K, Thurneysen A, Busato A. Patient satisfaction and side effects in primary care: an observational study comparing homeopathy and conventional medicine. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2008;8:52.
3. Navrud IM, Miller J, Bjornli ME, Feider CH, Haugse T. A survey of parent satisfaction with chiropractic care of the pediatric patient. J Clin Chiropr Pediatr. 2014;14(3):1167-71.