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Table 3 Inter-professional relationships between PCPs and chiropractors

From: Referral patterns and attitudes of Primary Care Physicians towards chiropractors

Question Response DO N (%) MD N (%)
Have you ever recommended patient see a DC? Yes 69 (65.7%) 251 (64.4%)
  No 36 (34.3%) 139 (35.6%)
Do you recommend patient contacts DC on own or initiate formal referral? Patient contacts DC 61 (87.1%) 215 (87%)
  Doctor initiates referral 8 (11.4%) 29 (11.7%)
  Unknown 1 (1.4%) 3 (1.2%)
Have you ever referred patient to DC for evaluation or treatment? Yes 22 (24.2%) 96 (29.4%)
  No 69 (75.8%) 230 (70.3%)
How often referral includes sending case report? Always 2 (10%) 22 (23.9%)
  Usually 8 (40%) 21 (22.8%)
  Sometimes 7 (35%) 22 (23.9%)
  Never 3 (15%) 27 (29.3%)
How often referral includes sending X-rays or X-ray report? Always 2 (9.5%) 15 (16.5%)
  Usually 8 (38.1%) 25 (27.5%)
  Sometimes 7 (33.3%) 31 (34.1%)
  Never 4 (19%) 20 (22%)
How often referral includes sending clinical records other than X-rays? Always 1 (4.8%) 12 (13.6%)
  Usually 8 (38.1%) 19 (21.6%)
  Sometimes 7 (33.3%) 31 (35.2%)
  Never 5 (23.8%) 26 (29.5%)
How often referral includes sending reason for referral? Always 12 (60%) 64 (73.6%)
  Usually 4 (20%) 9 (10.3%)
  Sometimes 2 (10%) 4 (4.6%)
  Never 2 (10%) 9 (10.3%)
Have accepted referral from other DC Yes 85 (82.5%) 215 (55.4%)
  No 18 (17.5%) 173 (44.6%)
How often do you send clinical information to referring DC as follow-up to referral? Always 18 (21.2%) 33 (15.9%)
  Usually 27 (31.8%) 49 (23.7%)
  Sometimes 25 (29.4%) 72 (34.8%)
  Never 15 (17.6%) 52 (25.1%)
Has a DC obtained clinical information or advice via curbside consultation Yes 37 (34.9%) 71 (18.3%)
  No 69 (65.1%) 316 (81.7%)
Have you obtained clinical information or advice from a DC via curbside consultation? Yes 12 (11.5%) 28 (7.3%)
  No 92 (88.5%) 356 (92.7%)
  1. DC = Chiropractor
  2. PCP = Primary Care Physician