Call for Participants Chiropractic Care For Chronic Pain


We are looking for doctors of chiropractic interested in participating in the following study.

RAND is conducting a study examining the impact of evidence, outcomes, costs, and patient preferences on the choice of treatment for chronic low back pain and chronic neck pain. This study is funded by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), and its aims are; 1) to understand better ways to assess appropriateness within complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), such as chiropractic care; 2) to determine how the inclusion of patient perspectives and cost impacts measures of appropriateness; and 3) to learn about patient preferences and experiences related to treating back pain and neck pain.

We will conduct our national study in and around these six regions: Dallas, TX; San Diego, CA; Minneapolis, MN; White Plains/Yonkers, NY; Portland OR, and Tampa, FL. We are recruiting clinics for our national study starting now through end of 2016.

We would love to talk to you if are a licensed chiropractor who works in a stand-alone (community) chiropractic practice, is in a solo or multi-provider practices, is part of a chiropractic-only or integrative practice, sees a minimum of 25 patients per week and has at least 5 years of experience post-training.

We are not able to include: Clinics based in chiropractic schools, hospitals, VA or DoD clinics; Clinics where more than half of the patients are on workers compensation or Personal Injury claims.

Patients and clinics will be paid to participate. Participating clinics would be asked to assist with recruiting patients to the study. Interested patients will answer a few questions and enter their contact information on the study iPad. The research team will contact interested patients, screen them for eligibility, and will guide them in completing the surveys during the three month study period. The research team will also review medical charts of the 20 clinic-recruited patients and charts of additional sample of patients. Charts will be reviewed for data about patient medical history, treatments received, and outcomes. Some of these data will be used to study rates at which providers across the country use manipulation and mobilization to treat chronic back and neck pain and compare those rates with ratings from an Expert Panel.

Participating patients will complete multiple web surveys for 3 months. Patients will be asked about their experiences with chronic low back or neck pain (such as the frequency, intensity, and duration of their pain), including outcomes such as ability to do daily activities, experiences with and preferences related to chiropractic care, and experiences with and opinions about costs of chiropractic care.

If you represent a chiropractic clinic in one of our regions and you want to inquire about the study or potentially participate, please email our research staff at [email protected], or call me at my number below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Ian D. Coulter Ph.D.
RAND/Samueli Chair for Integrative Medicine
Senior Health Policy Researcher
RAND Corporation
[email protected]


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