Health promotion and prevention services provided by the chiropractic profession are commonly referred to as ‘maintenance care’.
A recent study looked at multiple health issues of patients who have had a long-term regimen of chiropractic preventive and maintenance care.
This study selected chiropractic patients age 65 years and over who received maintenance care for at least 5 years, with a minimum of 4 visits per year.
To enhance the chances of a more representative patient sample, selection was made through the participation of chiropractors from 6 diverse geographic locations across the United States
A total of 73 chiropractors participated, and the study surveyed 311 chiropractic patients.
• Despite similar health status, chiropractic patients receiving “maintenance care” for five years or longer, when compared with US citizens of the same age, spent only 31per cent of the national average for health care services.
• The chiropractic patients also experienced 50 per cent fewer medical provider visits than their comparable peers. (4.76 medical visits per year compared with the national average 9 medical visits per year for individuals age 65 years and over).
The Mercy Guidelines in America define this care as any management plan seeking to prevent disease, promote health or enhance the quality of life. Canada’s Glenerin Guidelines hold that if the care is elective, it must include periodic reassessments, and may include treatment, education or counseling
In today’s growing mentality of economic constraints, government cutbacks, and increased waiting times, just imagine the potential service and economic impact of cutting the need for medical provider visits by 50 per cent.
Rupert RL, Manello D, Sandefur R. Maintenance care: Health promotion services administered to US chiropractic patients aged 65 and older, Part II. JMPT 2000;23(1): 10–9