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Table 5 Summary of Swiss studies reviewed

From: Chiropractors' attitudes toward drug prescription rights: a narrative review

First author, year of publication Location Survey method Number of respondents and response rate (%) Attitudes toward existing drug prescription rights and its application in practice
Robert [15], 2003 Switzerland Postal 126 respondents, 51% response rate • 61% of respondents prescribe OTC medications (i.e. analgesics and NSAIDs) to their patients
• 82% consider these limited prescribing rights a privilege for the chiropractic profession in Switzerland
• 76% would like this privilege extended to include some prescription-based analgesic and muscle relaxant medications
Wangler [25], 2010 Switzerland, Berne canton E-mail 36 respondents, 77% response rate • 72% of respondents agreed that the ability to prescribe OTC analgesic and anti-inflammatory medications was an advantage for the chiropractic profession in Switzerland
• 58% would like this privilege extended to include some additional prescription-based NSAIDs, muscle relaxants, and analgesics
• 41% perceived medication as a necessary component of treatment (e.g. to help patients who cannot sleep because of pain and to speed up recovery)
• 91% agreed that continuing education in pharmacology was necessary