The report, entitled the “Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic Inaugural Report: Americans' Perceptions of Chiropractic,” is the first-ever nationally representative annual survey that measures perceptions, experiences and attitudes about chiropractic care among 5,442 U.S. adults 18 and over, the largest study of its kind.
The study’s findings not only confirmed previous data that showed a rise in the popularity of chiropractic care, but revealed that it is more prevalent than even previously thought.
Some key findings of the report include:
- They found that 33.6 million U.S. adults (about 14 percent of the entire population) have sought chiropractic care in the last 12 months.
- Gallup also estimated that about 50 percent of all U.S. adults have had some experience as a patient of a chiropractor, 63 million of them within the past give years.
- Two-thirds of adults surveyed say chiropractic effective for neck, back pain.
- At least 50 percent of U.S. adults perceive chiropractors positively.
- 61 percent of adult Americans believe chiropractors are effective at treating neck and back pain.
- 57 percent of U.S. adults surveyed are likely to see a chiropractor for neck or back pain.
- More than 50 percent of all U.S. adults have visited a chiropractor.
- More than 25 percent of those surveyed would choose chiropractic care first for back or neck pain.
- About six in 10 adults either strongly agree (23 percent) or agree somewhat (38 percent that chiropractors are effective at treating these types of pain.
- Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults either strongly agree (30 percent) or agree somewhat (33 percent) that chiropractors have their patient's best interest in mind.
But despite this highly encouraging data, there is still room for improvement.
For instance, when offered a choice of five different healthcare professionals they might consult about neck and back pain, 54 percent of adults still say a medical doctor would be their first choice, followed by 29 percent saying they would visit a chiropractor first.
And almost 50 percent of adults don't even know if their insurance covers chiropractic care.