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Chiropractic Research Review

Providing Health Care Information to Your Patients

The dissemination of health care information can serve as a framework for increasing patient awareness, and as an important component of disease prevention and health promotion. It has been suggested that "'self-care should be seen as central to all clinical interventions, and clinicians should be looking for new ways to involve people in their own health care.'"

This study sought to evaluate the health information interests of Australian chiropractic patients.

Data were gathered from six chiropractors in Tasmania and 10 mainland chiropractors practicing in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. Two hundred and ten patients were interviewed about the value of having more health information brochures in chiropractic clinics. Included as part of this interview was an invitation to select from a substantial list of potential brochure topics patients would like to be made available in their chiropractors office.

Results: The majority of patients favored the development of health information brochures for chiropractic clinics, particularly brochures pertaining to exercise/fitness, sleep, nutrition, stress, weight control, coronary artery disease, and osteoporosis. There was also support for brochures relating to general health information not specifically related to the musculoskeletal system.

In her concluding statements, the author emphasizes that patients believe that chiropractic care should involve comprehensive health care information. She adds that "This study suggests patient support for a greater diversity in health information brochures than currently available in chiropractic clinics."

Jamison JR. Self-care: a comparative case study of chiropractic patients' health information interests. Chiropractic Journal of Australia, June 2000:30(2), pp45-47.
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