What Does the New Gallup Poll Tell Us About the Public Perception and Utilization of Chiropractic Today?
In 2015 Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa commissioned Gallup Inc. to undertake a study called American’s Perceptions of Chiropractic. This was important because the last studies done about chiropractic were in the 1970’s and 1980’s and were very out of date. Those studies also occurred before Federal Antitrust Laws finally broke up the AMA’s nearly 100-year plan to contain and eliminate chiropractic in a verdict handed down in 1987.
Here are just a few observations made by this landmark poll of the American public by Gallup concerning utilization:
• One half of all Americans have been to a chiropractor (much higher than previously thought)
• 14% of all those polled had been to their chiropractic in the past year (a number that is twice as high as projected in previous studies)
Here are just a few observations made by this landmark poll of the American public by Gallup concerning health conditions:
• Two-thirds (61 percent) of adult Americans believe chiropractors are effective at treating neck and back pain.
• The majority (57 percent) of adults are likely to see a chiropractor for neck or back pain.
• More than 1/2 of all U.S. adults have visited a chiropractor, and more than 1/4 of Americans would choose chiropractic first for back or neck pain.
It’s great that so many Americans see their chiropractor as someone they would see for the neck and back pain. But chiropractors certainly have an upward battle to educate the public about the importance of the nervous system and how it relates to all body functions, not just neck and back pain. One encouraging statistic from the study was that of those who are seeing a chiropractor 31% of them want to see their chiropractor regularly even if they have no pain (sounds like there are a lot of chiropractors educating their patients about the true benefits of chiropractic. Hopefully this number will continue to rise exponentially.
Here are couple of statistics that are great for chiropractors. Among those who have seen their chiropractor in the past five years:
• 74% of all people saw their chiropractor as trustworthy. (As opposed to 58% of MDs, NEJM)
• 82% of all people felt that their chiropractor has their best interest in mind when it comes to health care.
Source: 2015 Gallup-Palmer Inaugural Report: Americans’ Perceptions of Chiropractic