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Title: Knowledge, understanding and perception of parents towards the utilization of chiropractic treatment for paediatric patients in the Durban Metropolitan area
Authors: Cawood, Hughnique 
Keywords: Chiropractic treatment;Knowledge;Understanding;Perception;Parents;Children;Paediatric patients;Utilization;Explorative;Descriptive;Qualitative research;Saturation of data
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: INTRODUCTION: The utilization of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the treatment of paediatric patients is increasing, especially the utilization of chiropractic treatment for children. However controversy exists regarding the reasons why parents may or may not choose to utilize chiropractic treatment for children. Parents are the gatekeepers to care as they consent to all treatment that is given to their children. Parents that have a lack of knowledge and understanding regarding chiropractic, as well as a negative perception regarding chiropractic treatment for children may be reluctant to choose chiropractic treatment as a treatment option. Both positive and negative opinions regarding chiropractic treatment have been identified in other populations in South Africa which emphasizes the need to explore the way parents feel about chiropractic treatment for children. A lack of knowledge and understanding of CAM has been identified as a reason for underutilization. Insight into the status of knowledge, understanding and perception of parents regarding chiropractic treatment for paediatric patients in the Durban Metropolitan Area equips the profession to better understand how parents view chiropractic treatment for children. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The main aim of this research was to explore and describe the knowledge, understanding and perception of parents regarding chiropractic treatment for paediatric patients. The outcomes of such a study can provide useful information which can serve as a baseline from which education and chiropractic treatment awareness can be built, as well as dispelling any misconceptions and myths regarding chiropractic treatment for children. RESEARCH DESIGN: An explorative, descriptive, qualitative research design was followed in this research. This research design was chosen in order to evaluate the knowledge, understanding and perception of parents regarding the utilization of chiropractic treatment for paediatric patients, within the Durban Metropolitan area. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with participants of the Durban Metropolitan Area in order to determine the current knowledge, understanding and perception of parents regarding chiropractic treatment for paediatric patients within this area. Interviews were conducted with the participants until saturation was met, after which an additional five interviews were conducted. A total of 13 interviews were analyzed. The data was transcribed and coded by the researcher as well as a co-coder. NVivo software was utilized for the coding process. RESULTS: It was found that the participants had a lack of knowledge and understanding regarding chiropractic treatment for children. The participants felt that this lack of knowledge and understanding of chiropractic treatment for children left them unsure, resulting in the non-use of this form of treatment for their children. The participants were however not opposed to the utilization of chiropractic treatment for children; they felt fear and concern regarding chiropractic treatment as they felt they were uneducated regarding the outcome of the treatment, what the treatment would involve and the reasons why chiropractic treatment should be utilized for children. The participants mentioned that if they had increased knowledge and understanding they would feel more comfortable in utilizing chiropractic treatment for their children. The participants felt that they did not have the resources to learn more about chiropractic treatment and they showed interest in learning more about chiropractic treatment for children. Recommendations were made for further research and for the chiropractic profession regarding increasing the knowledge and understanding of parents regarding chiropractic treatment.
Description: Submitted in partial compliance with the requirements for the Master’s Degree in Technology: Chiropractic, Durban University of technology, Durban, South Africa, 2016.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10321/1545
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