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Chiropractic Research Review

Using Health Information Brochures to Educate Patients

Patient self-care is becoming increasingly popular in recent years; one way that primary health providers can enhance self-care is through different forms of education. Most clinicians would like to focus on cost-effective methods that quickly educate patients.

The purpose of this study was to investigate which format chiropractic patients in Australia preferred to broaden their health education.

The author used a questionnaire to investigate 102 chiropractic patients' preferred information format, commitment to health, and literacy levels.

More of the patients selected health information brochures over programs, self-care contracts and classes as their preferred method of education. Patients rated good health and family relationships as "far more important" than a large circle of friends, job security, hobbies or wealth. They preferred spending time with family to staying fit or promoting personal health. Forty-four percent had received chiropractic care for at least 10 years.

Conclusion: Brochures may be a preferred method of providing health information to patients. The author emphasizes that patient literacy levels should be evaluated to provide the most comprehendible brochures; she also notes, "Brochures may not alone constitute adequate practitioner involvement."

This study evaluated a small group of patients in Australian clinics, therefore these results may not be the same with other patient populations or in other countries.

Jamison JR. The health information brochure: A useful tool for chiropractic practice? Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, June 2001: 24(5), pp. 331-334.
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