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Table 3 Comparison of Ontario chiropractors’ attitudes to drug prescription rights based on philosophical orientation

From: Attitudes toward drug prescription rights: a survey of Ontario chiropractors

Philosophical orientation Agree % Neutral % Disagree %
Attitudes to chiropractors prescribing OTC MSK medicationsa
Broad scope 93.0 (281/302) 1.3 (4/302) 5.6 (17/302)
Middle scope 62.2 (324/521) 8.8 (46/521) 29.0 (151/521)
Focused scope 11.0 (14/127) 6.3 (8/127) 82.7 (105/127)
Attitudes to chiropractors prescribing prescription-based MSK medicationsb
Broad scope 90.9 (271/298) 1.7 (5/298) 7.4 (22/298)
Middle scope 57.0 (296/519) 7.3 (38/519) 35.6 (185/519)
Focused scope 12.6 (16/127) 6.3 (8/127) 81.1 (103/127)
Attitudes to chiropractors prescribing any and all medicationsc
Broad scope 23.9 (72/301) 17.3 (52/301) 58.8 (177/301)
Middle scope 6.1 (32/522) 10.7 (56/522) 83.1 (434/522)
Focused scope 5.5 (7/127) 3.9 (5/127) 90.6 (115/127)
Attitudes to chiropractors counselling patients on MSK medication used
Broad scope 90.0 (271/301) 4.3 (13/301) 5.6 (17/301)
Middle scope 66.2 (344/520) 14.2 (74/520) 19.6 (102/520)
Focused scope 23.8 (30/126) 11.9 (15/126) 64.3 (81/126)
  1. OTC = over-the-counter, MSK = musculoskeletal
  2. aχ2 4df = 296.23; P < 0.001
  3. bχ2 4df = 254.18; P < 0.001
  4. cχ2 4df = 89.81; P < 0.001
  5. dχ2 4df = 221.24; P < 0.001