A study into the changing views of orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons and neurologists of chiropractic in South Africa
Previously it was established that the majority of medical professions such as Orthopaedic surgeons, Neurosurgeons and Neurologists were not comfortable with the Chiropractic Profession. Changes have occurred since this perception was established so it was considered necessary to review the knowledge and perception of these three medical professions in order to ascertain any changes. Objectives The objectives were to establish the demographic factors of Orthopaedic surgeons, Neurosurgeons and Neurologists, whilst also establishing their current views and perceptions of the Chiropractic profession in South Africa in terms of their personal experience of Chiropractic, Chiropractic therapeutic efficacy, the Chiropractic scope of practice and inter-professional relations. Methods This prospective, qualitative questionnaire study required that all 478 Orthopaedic surgeons, 110 Neurosurgeons, and 101 Neurologists who were registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa at the time receive a questionnaire. Thus a total of 689 Questionnaires were sent out for completion. Results The overall views and perceptions of participating Orthopaedic surgeons, Neurosurgeons and Neurologists regarding Chiropractic has made a positive shift in favour of developing and potentially expanding relations between these professions and the Chiropractic profession. This has been shown by the increased confidence these professions have in the Chiropractic profession both in terms of effectiveness of Chiropractic treatment for neuromusculoskeletal and other conditions, as well as the increased rate of referral between these professions and Chiropractors.