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Table 4 Impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on the business and finances of chiropractors (n = 2058)

From: The impact and public health response of chiropractors to the COVID-19 pandemic: a survey across four continents

  Overall
n (% Yes)
Australia
n (% Yes)
Canada
n (% Yes)
Denmark
n (% Yes)
Hong Kong
n (% Yes)
UK
n (% Yes)
USA
n (% Yes)
Others
n (% Yes)
Change in level of face-to-face patient care during the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak*
Practice suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic 1014 (49.3%) 32 (11.5%) 470 (64.6%) 34 (22.4%) 1 (1.4%) 363 (77.7%) 98 (29.4%) 16 (50.0%)
Decreased > 50% 528 (25.7%) 77 (27.7%) 190 (26.1%) 89 (58.6%) 3 (4.3%) 57 (12.2%) 108 (32.4%) 4 (12.5%)
Decreased 25–50% 203 (9.9%) 81 (29.1%) 27 (3.7%) 13 (8.6%) 9 (13.0%) 5 (1.1%) 62 (18.6%) 6 (18.8%)
Decreased 1–25% 103 (5.0%) 49 (17.6%) 9 (1.2%) 2 (1.2%) 5 (7.2%) 3 (0.6%) 33 (9.9%) 2 (6.3%)
Stayed about the same 49 (2.4%) 15 (5.4%) 5 (0.7%) 4 (2.6%) 6 (8.7%) 2 (0.4%) 15 (4.5%) 2 (6.3%)
Increased 1–25% 26 (1.3%) 8 (2.9%) 2 (0.3%) 0 (0.0%) 9 (13.0%) 1 (0.2%) 6 (1.8%) 0 (0.0%)
Increased 25–50% 19 (0.9%) 7 (2.5%) 2 (0.3%) 0 (0.0%) 7 (10.1%) 0 (0.0%) 3 (0.9%) 0 (0.0%)
Increased > 50% 39 (1.9%) 3 (1.1%) 1 (0.1%) 2 (1.3%) 27 (39.1%) 2 (0.4%) 4 (1.2%) 0 (0.0%)
Not practising during peak of COVID-19 77 (3.7%) 6 (2.2%) 6 (2.2%) 21 (2.9%) 8 (5.3%) 2 (2.9%) 34 (7.3%) 2 (6.3%)
Change in personal income as a chiropractor during the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak (n = 1977)*
Completely stopped 843 (42.6%) 18 (6.7%) 420 (59.5%) 13 (9.0%) 1 (1.5%) 320 (73.9%) 54 (16.5%) 17 (56.7%)
Decreased > 50% 526 (26.6%) 70 (26.0%) 218 (30.9%) 68 (47.2%) 5 (7.5%) 69 (15.9%) 93 (28.4%) 3 (10.0%)
Decreased 25%-50% 250 (12.6%) 76 (28.3%) 38 (5.4%) 34 (23.6%) 7 (10.4%) 25 (5.8%) 64 (19.5%) 8 (20.0%)
Decreased 1%-25% 135 (6.8%) 55 (20.4%) 16 (2.3%) 14 (9.7%) 4 (6.0%) 6 (1.4%) 39 (11.9%) 1 (3.3%)
Stayed about the same 140 (7.1%) 30 (11.2%) 13 (1.8%) 15 (10.4%) 7 (10.4%) 8 (1.8%) 65 (19.8%) 2 (6.7%)
Increased 1%-25% 34 (1.7%) 13 (4.8%) 0 (0.0%) 0 (0.0%) 10 (14.9%) 0 (0.0%) 10 (3.0%) 1 (3.3%)
Increased 25%-50% 24 (1.2%) 6 (2.2%) 1 (0.1%) 0 (0.0%) 11 (16.4%) 4 (0.9%) 2 (0.6%) 0 (0.0%)
Increased > 50% 25 (1.3%) 1 (0.4%) 0 (0.0%) 0 (0.0%) 22 (32.6%) 1 (0.2%) 1 (0.3%) 0 (0.0%)
Financial assistance sought due to a loss of practice and/or personal income because of the COVID-19 outbreak (n = 2048)*
Yes 1359 (66.4%) 116 (41.9%) 596 (82.4%) 83 (55.0%) 2 (2.9%) 357 (76.8%) 192 (58.0%) 13 (40.6%)*
Impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the employment of other practice staff (n = 2.058)
Temporary work leave, but still employed (with/without government support)* 1011 (49.1%) 70 (25.2%) 454 (62.4%) 105 (68.6%) 4 (5.8%) 269 (57.6%) 96 (28.9%) 13 (40.6%)
Decreased work hours and/or income* 627 (30.5%) 106 (38.1%) 239 (32.9%) 38 (24.8%) 9 (13.0%) 122 (26.1%) 104 (31.3%) 9 (28.1%)
Complete loss of employment* 324 (15.7%) 22 (7.9%) 180 (24.8%) 13 (8.5%) 1 (1.4%) 69 (14.8%) 36 (10.8%) 3 (9.4%)
No substantial changes* 298 (14.5%) 80 (28.8%) 33 (4.5%) 20 (13.1%) 49 (71.0%) 11 (2.4%) 103 (31.0%) 2 (6.3%)
Not relevant (as no other practice staff)* 352 (17.1%) 45 (16.2%) 92 (12.7%) 15 (9.8%) 7 (10.1%) 127 (27.2%) 54 (16.2%) 12 (37.5%)
Impact of COVID-19 outbreak on care after the COVID-19 pandemic is over (n = 2060)
Increased disinfecting/cleaning of practice equipment/areas* 1413 (68.3%) 204 (73.1%) 533 (73.3%) 119 (77.8%) 43 (62.3%) 303 (64.9%) 186 (55.9%) 20 (62.5%)
Greater use of hand sanitiser* 1166 (56.6%) 169 (60.6%) 458 (63.0%) 106 (69.3%) 39 (56.5%) 247 (52.9%) 132 (39.6%) 15 (46.9%)
More rescheduling of patients with flu-like symptoms* 1066 (51.7%) 145 (52.0%) 447 (61.5%) 90 (58.8%) 14 (20.3%) 234 (50.1%) 122 (36.6%) 14 (43.8%)
Greater use of (PPE)* 740 (35.9%) 69 (24.7%) 319 (43.9%) 38 (24.8%) 32 (46.4%) 187 (40.0%) 88 (25.8%) 9 (28.1%)
More social distancing in reception/treatment areas* 661 (32.1%) 91 (32.6%) 268 (36.9%) 67 (43.8%) 20 (29.0%) 129 (27.6%) 77 (23.1%) 9 (28.1%)
No changes, back to normal* 292 (14.2%) 36 (12.9%) 71 (9.8%) 12 (7.8%) 22 (31.9%) 69 (14.8%) 75 (22.5%) 7 (21.9%)
More teleconferencing/telehealth patient care* 242 (11.7%) 21 (7.5%) 83 (11.4%) 10 (6.5%) 4 (5.8%) 72 (15.4%) 50 (15.0%) 2 (6.3%)
Unsure of changes after the pandemic is over* 249 (12.1%) 23 (8.2%) 85 (11.7%) 8 (5.2%) 3 (4.3%) 72 (15.4%) 54 (16.2%) 4 (12.5%)
  1. *P < 0.001