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Table 2 Inter-professional Relationships between Chiropractors and MDs

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

Question Response N (%)
Have you ever recommended patient see a MD ? Yes 420 (99.8)
  No 1 (0.2)
Do you recommend patient contacts MD on own or initiate formal referral ? Patient contacts MD 168 (43.4)
  Doctor initiates referral 219 (56.6)
Have you ever referred patient to MD for evaluation or treatment? Yes 384 (91)
  No 38 (9)
How often referral includes sending case report? Always 111 (31.2)
  Usually 90 (25.3)
  Sometimes 110 (30.9)
  Never 45 (12.6)
How often referral includes sending X-rays or X-ray report? Always 103 (28.6)
  Usually 125 (34.7)
  Sometimes 106 (29.4)
  Never 26 (7)
How often referral includes sending clinical records other than X-rays? Always 72 (21.1)
  Usually 84 (24.6)
  Sometimes 133 (38.9)
  Never 53 (15.5)
How often referral includes sending reason for referral? Always 291 (82.7)
  Usually 45 (12.8)
  Sometimes 12 (3.4)
  Never 4 (1.1)
Have accepted referral from a MD Yes 275 (66.3)
  No 140 (33.7)
How often do you send clinical information to referring MD as follow-up to referral? ¥ Always 74 (27.2)
  Usually 68 (25)
  Sometimes 100 (36.8)
  Never 30 (11)
Have refused a referral from a MD? Yes 17 (4)
  No 403 (96)
Has a MD obtained clinical information or advice via curbside consultation Yes 129 (30.5)
  No 294 (69.5)
Have you obtained clinical information or advice from a MD via curbside consultation? Yes 203 (48.4)
  No 216 (51.6)
  1. ¶ – Questions are applicable for respondents who had referred a patient to a MD for evaluation or treatment.
  2. ¥ – Question is applicable for respondents who accepted a formal referral from a MD