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The knowledge and perceptions of provincial and national Health Portfolio Committee members of South Africa regarding the chiropractic profession

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dc.contributor.advisor Korporaal, Charmaine Maria
dc.contributor.author Maharaj, Praveena
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-28T09:44:00Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-28T09:44:00Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.other 323062
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10321/456
dc.description Mini-dissertation in partial compliance with the requirements for the Masters Degree in Technology: Chiropractic, Durban University of Technology, 2009. en_US
dc.description.abstract Aim: The aim of this study was to establish the relationship between demographics of honourable members, their level of knowledge of and the perceptions of the chiropractic profession. Methods: A questionnaire-based survey was administered to 84 Health Portfolio Committee (HPC) members at their meetings as requested through the respective committee secretaries. The questionnaire was administered in a semi supervised fashion at the set meetings. Results: A response rate of 64% revealed that the mean knowledge score of 31.4% was relatively low. The mean perceptions score was 38.2%, indicating an overall negative perception of chiropractic amongst this population. Experience did indeed influence perceptions significantly (p=0.035) with those having consulted a chiropractor before having higher perceptions scores. No significant correlations existed between knowledge and perception and the demographic variables with the exception of ethnicity. This was enhanced by a weak statistically significant positive correlation between knowledge and perceptions score (r=0.394, p=0.004). The weak strength of the correlation shows that in general, as knowledge increased so did perceptions. Conclusion: Generally knowledge and perception of chiropractic was low in this population and seems to be influenced principally by the ethnicity / culture within which the honourable members operate (whether it is within the medical paradigm or their individual cultural orientation). Thus increasing the awareness and knowledge of chiropractic in this group may lead to more positive knowledge scores and perception levels. en_US
dc.format.extent 305 p en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Chiropractic--South Africa--Evaluation en_US
dc.subject Legislators--South Africa--Attitudes en_US
dc.subject Chiropractic--Social aspects--South Africa en_US
dc.title The knowledge and perceptions of provincial and national Health Portfolio Committee members of South Africa regarding the chiropractic profession en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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