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Taking an Active Role in Healing

A collective case study of Australian chiropractic practices was undertaken to determine the nature and extent of patient participation in their health management. Twenty-one chiropractic practices were visited and 25 chiropractor patient units explored.

Data was gathered from each chiropractor patient unit, consisting of one practitioner and usually five patients, by means of practitioner interview, patient questionnaire and interview and, in certain cases, practice observation.

This case study suggests that chiropractors do expect patients to participate in their own care. Such participation is consistent with the implementation of a relational model of health care in which the patient compliance is best described as voluntary self-care.

Jamison JR. Compliance or empowerment: an Australian case study. Chiropractic Journal of Australia, Sept. 1997;27(3), pp111-16. Reprints: Tel: (+61) 069 213238; Fax: (+61) 069 262556; e-mail at chance@wagga.net.au

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