This study, written by seven chiropractors and four other contributors, was sponsored by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research and published by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) in September 1997 as a 140-page report. Although the report contains valuable information about the chiropractic marketplace, it says almost nothing about the profession’s shortcomings. Printed copies (Order Number PB98-111693) can be obtained from NTIS for $31 plus $5 postage by calling (800) 553-6847 or (703) 605-3000.
To enable proper interpretation of this report, I am publishing it on Chirobase with my comments added in red type.
— Stephen Barrett, M.D.
- I. A Brief History of Chiropractic
- II. Chiropractic Belief Systems
- III. Chiropractic Training
- IV. Supply, Distribution, and Utilization of Chiropractors in the United States
- V. Licensure and Legal Scope of Practice
- VI. Insurance Coverage of Chiropractic Services
- VII. Chiropractic in the Health Care System
- VIII. Content of Practice
- IX. Chiropractic Research
- X. Biological Rationale for Possible Benefits of Spinal Manipulation
- XI. Benefits and Risks of Spinal Manipulation
- XII. Synopsis, Research Priorities, and Policy Issues