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Table 1 Baseline Characteristics of Study Participants, Veterans Affairs (VA) Chiropractors (n = 62)

From: Management of patients with prior lumbar fusion: a cross-sectional survey of Veterans Affairs chiropractors’ attitudes, beliefs, and practices

Characteristic Mean (SD) or Number (%)
Age (years) 44.5, SD 10.6
Sex
 Male 50 (80.6)
 Female 12 (19.4)
Employment Status
 Salaried 56 (90.3)
 Fee-Basis Consultant 3 (4.8)
  “Without Compensation” Appointment 1 (1.6)
 Resident 2 (3.2)
Years in Chiropractic Clinical Practice
  ≤ 3 7 (11.3)
 4–6 6 (9.7)
 7–10 10 (16.1)
 11–13 3 (4.8)
 14–20 15 (24.2)
  ≥ 21 21 (33.9)
Years employed with VA
  ≤ 3 27 (43.5)
 4–6 19 (30.6)
 7–10 5 (8.1)
 11–13 7 (11.3)
 14–20 4 (6.5)
  ≥ 21 0
Department of Chiropractic Clinic
 Pain Management 8 (12.9)
 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 (59.7)
 Primary Care 5 (8.1)
 Other 12 (19.4)
Post-Graduate Degree (other than DC, missing = 1)
 Acupuncture 8 (12.9)
 Doctor of Physical Therapy 2 (3.2)
 Masters (MS, MPH, MHA, MEd, MA, MBA) 22 (33.9)
 Medical Doctor (MD/DO) 1 (1.6)
 Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant 1 (1.6)
 None 27 (43.5)
Diplomate Training (missing = 1)
 Orthopedics 5 (8.1)
 Rehabilitation 4 (6.5)
 Acupuncture 3 (4.8)
 Sports Medicine 3 (4.8)
 Other 5 (8.1)
 None 41(66.1)
Prior Hospital Based Training (Student/Resident) 25 (40.3)
Prior Interdisciplinary Employment 37 (59.7)
Chiropractic College Academic Affiliation 34 (54.8)
Medical College Academic Affiliation (missing = 1) 5 (8.2)
  1. SD Standard Deviation
  2. Where not otherwise indicated, there was no missing data