Background and Aims Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use by children is predicated upon CAM-use by their parents. Of the various practitioner-based CAM therapies for children, chiropractic is the most popular. This study was undertaken to characterize the chiropractic care of children in Europe in a practice-based research network (PBRN).
Methods This study was approved by the IRB of Life University (Marrieta, GA, USA). European chiropractors and their patients participated in a PBRN observational study to characterize the chiropractic care of children.
Results A convenience sample of 14 chiropractors (10 females; 4 males; average age = 39.36 years; average practice experience = 11.00 years) participated in this study and recruited a convenience sample of 64 parents whose child was receiving chiropractic care. Referrals patterns indicated 3 “often” received referrals from MDs while 13 indicated “often” referring patients to MDs.
Of the 64 children (34 females; 30 males; median age = 7.38 years; complaint duration average of 1.42 years), 47% had previously or were currently attending medical care while 53% did not. Motivation for care ran the spectrum of pediatric clinical presentations from musculoskeletal (i.e., scoliosis) to non-musculoskeletal (i.e., colic, enuresis) in addition to health promotion and disease prevention. Perceived effectiveness by 72% of parents was high as monitored using a Likert Scale.
Conclusion European children attend the care of chiropractors for chronic recurrent conditions with high parental perceived effectiveness. We support further research to examine the factors for integrative pediatric care.
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