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Table 4 Characteristics of chiropractic patients (130 studies)

From: The chiropractic profession: a scoping review of utilization rates, reasons for seeking care, patient profiles, and care provided

Sex
Patient population Percent female (median, IQR) Number of reporting studies
Regional/national population 57.0% (53.2-60.0) 45
Older adultsa 60.1% (56.0-66.9) 7
Serving military and veterans 12.0% (6.0-12.0) 3
Pediatric populationb 47.0% (43.0-50.0) 7
Individuals with cancer - 0
Individuals with chronic pain - 0
Individuals with back problems 49.0% (45.0-52.0) 12
Age
Patient population Age in years (median, IQR) Number of reporting studies
Regional/national 43.4 (39.6-48.0) 18
Older adultsa 76.0 (72.9-79.2) 3
Serving military and veterans 55.0 (54.8-65.0) 3
Pediatric populationb 7.6 (7.5-10.1) 5
Individuals with cancer - 0
Individuals with chronic pain - 0
Individuals with back problems 43.0 (41.5-43.8) 8
Employment (general population)
Employment type Percent (median, IQR) Number of reporting studies
Employed (general) 77.3% (70.3-85.0) 11
Full-time employment 55.8% (44.5-59.0) 10
Self-employed 14.1% (4.6-14.9) 7
Part-time employment 11.0% (8.6-16.9) 10
Home duties 10.9% (6.4-13.8) 14
Retired 10.7% (7.5-16.0) 15
Student 4.0% (2.6-10.6) 15
Unemployed 9.0% (2.4-16.5) 22
Unable to work/disabled 1.4% (1.4-3.0) 5
  1. IQR interquartile range
  2. aOlder adults: ≥55 years of age
  3. bPediatric population: ≤ 18 years of age