Institutional Repository

A retrospective survey of the career paths and demographics of Durban University of Technology (DUT) chiropractic graduates

DUT IR/Manakin Repository

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.advisor Brunette-de Busser, Nikki Black, Elmi 2009-06-19T11:07:08Z 2009-06-19T11:07:08Z 2008
dc.identifier.other 311638
dc.description Dissertation presented to the Faculty of Health at Durban University of Technology in partial compliance with the requirements for the Master’s Degree in Technology: Chiropractic, 2008. en_US
dc.description.abstract Aims and Objectives: To assess the demographics, career paths and factors affecting chiropractic graduates of Durban University of Technology (DUT) from June 1994 to June 2007. Method: A retrospective qualitative survey was conducted on 62 chiropractic graduates of DUT. The sample represented 25.5% of the total chiropractic population. Raw data regarding the demographics, respondents’ perception of their education, current career paths, the factors responsible for affecting these career paths, as well as a profile of chiropractic practices in South Africa (SA) was obtained. All data acquired was assessed using SAS (Statistical Analysis System) version 9.1.3. The data was purely descriptive, describing respondents’ career paths and their experiences, and no specific hypothesis was investigated. Results: The average respondent was found to be a married, white male who started his chiropractic career at age 25-26 years. A total of 98.4% (n = 61) of the respondents were currently in practice, with 80.6% (n = 50) indicating career satisfaction. The majority (62.9%; n = 39) of respondents perceived there to be a growing acceptance of chiropractic within the medical community, whilst 98.4% (n = 61) stated that they are currently part of an active referral system between various other medical practitioners. 46% (n = 23) listed DUT as their preferred choice of chiropractic institution. Conclusion and Recommendations: The majority of respondents’ indicated DUT as the preferred choice of chiropractic institution due to its location and the system of chiropractic taught (diversified). However, shortcomings in the education were highlighted to be a lack of practically applicable knowledge taught at undergraduate level, most especially business skills and speciality areas and that respondents’ perceived the qualification not to be as versatile and widely accepted as other international chiropractic qualifications. Factors responsible for positively affecting the career paths of chiropractic graduates were indicated to be the personality type of the graduate, the means to finance a practice, support from parents and spouse or partner and the level of acceptance graduates received from the public and other professions within the medical sector. A recommendation for future studies is that a longer time period be given for questionnaires to be returned and a larger sample group be established in order to ensure that the sample group and total population is homogenous. en_US
dc.format.extent 94 p en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Chiropractic--Vocational guidance en_US
dc.subject Chiropractors--South Africa en_US
dc.subject Job satisfaction en_US
dc.subject Chiropractic--Evaluation en_US
dc.subject Career development en_US
dc.subject Alternative medicine--Evaluation en_US
dc.title A retrospective survey of the career paths and demographics of Durban University of Technology (DUT) chiropractic graduates en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.dut-rims.pubnum DUT-000412

Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

Search DUT IR


My Account