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Table 6 Expectations of chiropractic care: responses to questions about the first consultation (n = 544); n/a = not answered

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

Statements Expected Did it happen?
Yes No n/a Yes No n/a
Q18. At the First Consultation I expect to be given time to tell the chiropractor about my problem and how it was affecting me. 99% 0% 1% 99% 0% 1%
Q19. At the First Consultation I expect the chiropractor to take a detailed account of my personal case history. 96% 3% 1% 96% 1% 2%
Q20. At the First Consultation I expect to be given a gown and/or towels to cover up if I had to undress. 83% 12% 4% 84% 9% 7%
Q21. At the First Consultation I expect to be able to undress and dress in privacy. 90% 6% 5% 88% 5% 7%
Q22. At the First Consultation I expect the chiropractor to explain why any further investigations (e.g. X-Rays) were necessary and any risks associated with them. 72% 18% 10% 67% 20% 14%
Q23. At the First Consultation I expect the chiropractor to give me a diagnosis or rationale for my care. 93% 5% 2% 95% 3% 3%
Q24. At the First Consultation I expect the chiropractor to explain what treatment I will need (e.g. the type, frequency and duration of treatment). 97% 2% 1% 94% 4% 2%
Q25. At the First Consultation I expect the chiropractor to talk to me about any possible adverse reactions to the treatment. 87% 9% 3% 83% 13% 3%
Q26. At the First Consultation I expect the chiropractor to talk to me about the likely success of the treatment. 93% 6% 2% 91% 7% 2%
Q27. At the First Consultation I expect the chiropractor to explain what the cost of the agreed treatment plan would be. 86% 12% 3% 80% 17% 3%
Q28. At the First Consultation I expect the chiropractor to give me time to ask questions about the proposed treatment plan. 96% 3% 1% 94% 4% 2%