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Table 1 Summary of questions in the survey and the responses from the Swedish and Norwegian GPs

From: GPs opinions and perceptions of chiropractic in Sweden and Norway: a descriptive survey

Question and answer options Sweden -% Norway -%
My knowledge of chiropractic   
- Good 7 22
- Know something 40 66
- Poor 53 12
- Never heard of it 0 0
My experience with chiropractic care   
- Good 47 66
- Bad 12 3
- None 21 3
- Other 20 28
I agree that   
- Chiropractic education is sufficient for mainstream medicine 49 80
- Chiropractors are competent for MSK conditions 69 93
- Chiropractors are competent to treat neurologic disturbances 25 17
- Chiropractors report poorly back to GPs 55 67
- Chiropractors use unknown terminology 11 25
I refer to a chiropractor 43 79
I refer the following conditions to a chiropractor   
- Acute back pain 37 68
- Chronic back pain 30 58
- Sports trauma 13 14
- Whiplash injuries 6 17
- Disc herniation 7 14
- Prolapse with uncomplicated neurological findings 16 24
- Migraine 2 8
- Tension headaches/headaches originating from the neck 9 9
- Asthma 0.5 1
- Carpal tunnel syndrome 0.5 1
- Back and pelvic problems during pregnancy 7 22
- Lateral/medial epicondylitis 6 7
- Nerve entrapment syndromes 7 5
- Infantile Colic 0 23
- Shoulder/knee pain 14 17
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo 0.5 5
- Other: 0 1
I refer MSK complaints to   
Chiropractors 31 82
Manual therapists 3 75
Physiotherapists 96 95
Osteopaths 1 7
Acupuncturists 12 15
Naprapaths 26 3
Homeopaths 0 0
I do not refer to a chiropractor because   
Poor knowledge about chiropractic treatment 38 16
They charge too much 26 14
Possible side-effects of chiropractic 14 12
Not sure how effective the treatment is 25 25
No chiropractors in my area 8 6
I have had bad experiences with chiropractors 4 8