Patient Experiences with Chiropractic Maintenance Care
- Dr. Shawn Thistle
Another new study on a topic that is always popular on RRS…chiropractic maintenance care!
Preplanned, supportive long-term chiropractic manual care (a.k.a. ‘Maintenance Care’ [MC]) has been shown to be effective for some patients with recurrent and persistent LBP. Patients with high pain severity, marked interference with everyday life, high affective distress, low perception of life control and low activity levels, reported clinically significant improvements from MC with little or no additional cost in prior studies.
However, little is known about patients’ experiences and preferences, or about factors which facilitate or hinder MC, and no previous qualitative studies have been performed about how patients experience MC and what their preferences are. This information would be helpful in facilitating high compliance, patient-centered care, and the optimum effectiveness of MC.
The aims of this study were to:
- Explore patients’ experiences and preferences regarding MC, emphasizing the barriers to and facilitators of engaging in and maintaining a MC plan; and
- contrast the interview data using 3 psychological subgroups: i) adaptive copers, ii) interpersonally distressed, and iii) dysfunctional.
THIS WEEK'S RESEARCH REVIEW: “Patient Experiences with Chiropractic Maintenance Care”
This paper was published in Chiropractic and Manual Therapies (2021) and this Review is posted in Recent Reviews, Low Back Pain, Maintenance Care, Clinical Practice and the 2022 Archive.