The Comparative Effect of Episodes of Chiropractic and Medical Treatment on the Health of Older Adults
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 07:37 AM

The purpose of this study is to examine how chiropractic compares to medical treatment in episodes of care for uncomplicated back conditions. Episodes of care patterns between treatment groups are described, and effects on health outcomes among an older group of Medicare beneficiaries over a 2-year period are estimated.  The findings from this study suggest that chiropractic use in episodes of care for uncomplicated back conditions has protective effects against declines in ADLs, instrumental ADLs, and self-rated health for older Medicare beneficiaries over a 2-year period.

Survey data from the nationally representative Survey on Assets and Health Dynamics among the Oldest Old were linked to participants' Medicare Part B claims under a restricted Data Use Agreement with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  The propensity score results indicate a significant protective effect of chiropractic against declines in activities of daily living (ADLs), instrumental ADLs, and self-rated health.

ABSTRACT http://www.jmptonline.org/article/S0161-4754%2814%2900032-3/abstract

FULL TEXT:  http://www.jmptonline.org/article/S0161-4754%2814%2900032-3/fulltext