Chiropractic Health Care: A National Study of Cost of Education,
Service Utilization, Number of Practicing Doctors
of Chiropractic and Other Key Policy Issues

Foundation for the Advancement of
Chiropractic Tenets and Science (1980)


This report presents the most comprehensive information ever gathered and analyzed regarding chiropractic health care in the United States. the project is the first federally sponsored study of chiropractic to look at a broad range of issues of concern to policy makers, the profession and the public. Congress mandated this research through passage of the "Health Professions Assistance Act" (P.L. 94-484 Sec. 903). The topics of investigation are:

The report is divided into two volumes. Volume I presents the findings and conclusions of of the study and how the study was completed. Data was collected in 1979 through the use of three national surveys of segments of the profession:

Volume II is the Appendix for the report and includes a glossary of terms, copies of the questionnaires for each of the three groups surveyed, the educational requirements of chiropractic colleges, descriptions of sample sizes and survey procedures and other background materials.

The objective of the study was to describe the profession in such a manner that the Congress, the profession, federal agencies and the general public can be better informed about chiropractic which has survived and grown for 85 years without federal assistance or control. Specific findings of the study include:

The study also raises some policy questions for the federal government, the chiropractic profession, members of the health care delivery system and the public at large based on these and other findings.

This article was posted on July 8, 2018.

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