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Table 2 Experiences of chiropractic treatment (n = 544)

From: Patients’ experiences and expectations of chiropractic care: a national cross-sectional survey

Statements
Before you first had chiropractic treatment, how much did you know about:
a. What the treatment involved n = %
I knew very little 318 58%
Some knowledge 148 27%
I knew a lot 75 14%
Missing 2 0.4%
b. The likely benefits of the treatment
I knew very little 224 41%
Some knowledge 182 33%
I knew a lot 134 25%
Missing 2 0.4%
c. Possible reactions to the treatment
I knew very little 387 71%
Some knowledge 112 21%
I knew a lot 41 7%
Missing 2 0.4%
Approximately how many chiropractic treatments have you had in the last 12 months? n = treatments
Range = 0-55
Median = 6
Interquartile range 1; Interquartile range 3 = 4 ; 10
Are you currently receiving treatment? n = %
YES 409 75%
NO 135 25%
Reasons given in answer to the question, “If ‘NO’, why did you stop chiropractic treatment?” (n = 135)
  n = %
The problem being treated improved/got better, I no longer needed treatment 79 59%
The problem being treated has improved and I am currently able to manage it myself 47 35%
I did not feel the treatment was benefitting me 6 4%
I was unhappy with the chiropractor’s approach/manner 2 1.5%
I had an unpleasant reaction to treatment 0 0%
I was unhappy with the cost of treatment 3 2%
I am currently unable to afford treatment 7 5%
Other health problems have prevented me from having chiropractic treatment 1 0.7%
NB. 10 people (7%) gave more than one reason for stopping chiropractic treatment 145 107%