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Chiropractic Research Review

Clinical and Financial Characteristics of Typical Chiropractic Practices

Both individual and integrated practices can benefit from national benchmarking information to determine the clinical, demographic, and financial characteristics of their clinic.

The author of this article examined the data from the 1996 federal Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) related to the national norms of chiropractic practices.

The five areas this study focused on are demographic characteristics; health problems; visit characteristics; utilization and health insurance coverage; and expenditures. The results are listed below:

* Chiropractic patients are more likely than the general population to be older; female; white; married; educated; and residents of either the western or midwestern U.S.
* Disc disorders, joint problems, and sprains/ strains are the most common conditions seen by chiropractors.
* In nearly 10% of visits, the patients present with no known health problems.
* Over 45% of visits last 11 to 25 minutes in length.
* Out-of-pocket and private insurance are the most likely sources of payment; the mean payment is approximately $40 per visit.

National benchmark information can provide profiles of "typical" chiropractic practices to those practices lacking their own individual data, or can allow practices that already have individual clinical information a means of comparison to determine strengths and weaknesses of their practices. The author suggests these statistics may also be used for those practices planning to create and manage multidisciplinary, integrated practices.

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Bartlett EE. Benchmarking the clinical and financial characteristics of chiropractic offices. Topics in Clinical Chiropractic, June 2001:8(2), pp. 13-19.
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