The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    What’s the time interval between chiropractic low back pain treatments?

    Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark, in Odense investigated how these chiropractic patients were scheduled for treatment, with special emphasis on maintenance care.

    First, the details.

    • 16 chiropractic students in chiropractic clinics in Norway and Denmark recorded whether or not patients were classified by the treating chiropractor as a maintenance.
    • Dates for last and subsequent visits were recorded, and a judgment was made on whether the patient or chiropractor decided on the next appointment.
    • Data were collected on 868 patients from 15 Danish and 13 Norwegian chiropractors.

    And, the results.

    • Non-maintenance care patients were most frequently seen within 1 week.
    • Among maintenance care patients, the previous visit was most often 2 to 4 weeks prior to the actual visit, and the next appointment was between 1 and 3 months.
      • This indicates a gradual increase in intervals.
    • The decision for the next visit was mainly made by the chiropractor.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “There were 2 distinctly different patterns for the time period between visits for maintenance care patients and non-maintenance care patients.”

    The authors caution against extrapolating these observations to other groups of patients and chiropractors.

    3/10/10 23:29 JR

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