Does Chiropractic Clinical Training Address Tobacco Use?

Hawk, Cheryl; Evans, Marion W.
April 2005
Journal of the American Chiropractic Association;Apr2005, Vol. 42 Issue 3, p6
Academic Journal
Objective: To perform a preliminary assessment of the level of tobacco use counseling in U.S. chiropractic college teaching clinics. Study Design and Methods: All U.S. chiropractic colleges were invited to participate. Teaching clinic intake forms were reviewed and patients who presented on one day at each participating clinic were surveyed regarding tobacco use and any relevant counseling received at that clinic. Results: Eight college clinics provided intake forms and 9 participated in the patient survey. Seven clinics included questions about tobacco use on their forms. Surveys were completed by 808 patients; 16.5% of adults (131) reported current tobacco use. For tobacco users, 39.7% said their doctor at that clinic had advised them to quit; 32.0% said this was discussed more than once; 18.3% said their doctor (intern) had ever given them information on how to quit. Discussion: These results suggest that, similar to other health professions, chiropractic education has not yet begun to adequately address the important public health issue of tobacco use.


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