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Table 1 Intra-professional Relationships of Chiropractors

From: Intra-professional and inter-professional referral patterns of chiropractors

Question Response N (%)
Have you recommended patient try seeing other DC for complains? Yes 385 (93.4)
  No 27 (6.6)
Do you recommend patients contact doctor on own or initiate formal referral yourself? Patient contact doctor 134 (36.9)
  Doctor initiates referral 229 (63.1)
Have you referred a patient to other DC for evaluation or treatment Yes 305 (73.7)
  No 109 (26.3)
How often referral includes sending case report? Always 116 (41.9)
  Usually 74 (26.7)
  Sometimes 64 (23.1)
  Never 23 (8.3)
How often referral includes sending X-Rays or X-Ray report? Always 130 (47.1)
  Usually 87 (31.5)
  Sometimes 43 (15.6)
  Never 16 (5.8)
How often referral includes sending clinical records other than X-Rays? Always 100 (37.9)
  Usually 71 (26.9)
  Sometimes 73 (27.6)
  Never 20 (7.6)
How often referral includes sending reason for referrals? Always 224 (84.8)
  Usually 27 (10.2)
  Sometimes 10 (3.8)
  Never 3 (1.1)
Have you accepted referral from other doctors? Yes 320 (76.4)
  No 99 (23.6)
How often do you send clinical information to referring doctor as follow-up to referral? ¥ Always 81 (25.9)
  Usually 91 (29.1)
  Sometimes 109 (34.8)
  Never 31 (9.9)
Have you refused referral from a doctor? Yes 34 (8.2)
  No 381 (91.8)
Has other DC obtained clinical information or advice via curbside consultation Yes 356 (84.6)
  No 65 (15.4)
Have you obtained clinical information or advice from another DC via curbside consultation? Yes 342 (82.8)
  No 71 (17.2)
  1. ¶ – Questions are applicable for respondents who had referred a patient to another DC for evaluation or treatment.
  2. ¥ – Question is applicable for respondents who accepted a formal referral from a DC