THE CURRENT AND FUTURE STATUS OF THE CHIROPRACTIC PROFESSION: A THEMATIC ANALYSIS OF INTERVIEWS OF 30 INFLUENTIAL STAKEHOLDERS

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Brian Gleberzon

Keywords

Professional Status, Interview, Qualitative Study

Abstract

Objective: The objective of this study was to perform a thematic analysis of the obstacles, challenges and opportunities facing the chiropractic profession based on interviews of 30 influential stakeholders.


Methods:This project was approved by the Ethics Review Board of the University of South Wales, UK. Prospective interviewees were identified by purposeful sampling, based on a combination of their professional careers, publications, and public statements, representing a broad spectrum of ideologies within the profession. They were contacted via email to participate in this study. If they agreed, they were sent a ‘participant information’ form and ‘consent’ form to read and sign. Consenting participants were provided the interview questions in advance. Comments were transcribed contemporaneously. Comments were not directly attributed to any specific individual. Responses were coded and themes identified.


Results: Five themes were identified in the interviewee’s responses. These were: leadership; evidence-based care; politicalisation of research; characteristics and practice activities of chiropractors and; the future of the profession.


Conclusion:Interviews of 30 influential stakeholders provided a rich tapestry of perspectives and opinions with respect to the current and future status of the chiropractic profession. Further qualitative research is warranted.

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