TECH 2701 2000 ACA Survey of the Profession

TECH 2701 2000 ACA - Summary of the 2000 ACA Professional Survey on Chiropractic Practice BY PATRICIA JACKSON VICE PRESIDENT PROFESSIONAL

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The ACA commissioned a chiropractic consultant, Christine Goertz, DC, PhD, to orchestrate the 2000 American Chiropractic Association Statistical Survey, which was conducted over the first six months of the year 2000. Doctors were asked to report information pertaining to the last full year in which they had data. Approximately 71 percent of respondents chose to report for 1999. The remainder reported for the last half of 1999 and the first half of 2000. As there were no significant differences between the figures presented in both reporting periods, the data were pooled. The sur- vey was sent to a national randomly selected sample of 4,000 ACA members and 1,000 non-members obtained from ACA databases. The methodology used to draw the sample is consistent with that used in 1999, and it includes doctors of chiropractic who have been in clini- cal practice for less than five years. An overall response rate of 30 percent was achieved. Following is a summary of demographic, practice, man- aged care, and income information obtained from the 2000 ACA Professional Survey. For the first time, it is possible to make a direct histori- cal comparison between a current ACA professional survey and a previous effort. For this reason, historical data from 1997 are occasionally included for interest. Personal Characteristics Gender and Age and Years in Practice Approximately 86 percent of respondents were male. This figure is slightly lower than that reported in 1997, but consistent with what has been reported in previous ACA surveys. The average age of respondents was 45 years. The average length of time spent in chiropractic practice was 17 years, with 10 percent of respondents in practice for four years or less and 10 percent in practice for 30 years or more. Education Approximately 75 percent of respondents hold a Bachelor’s degree in addition to a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Less than four percent reported having any of the following degrees: Master’s, PhD, MD, PT, or DO. General Practice Characteristics Location of Practice The majority of chiropractic physicians (92 percent) reported that they practice in one state only. More than one-quarter of respondents practice in communities of between 2,500 and 24,999 people. While 47 percent of the DCs practice in communities of less than 50,000, 53 percent are concentrated in communities with more than 50,000 people. Approximately 10 percent of respon- dents practice in urban areas of more than one million residents. Most DCs (70 percent) said that they prac- Sixty-two percent of the surveyed DCs stated that their communities had “about the right number” of chiroprac- tors in relation to demand, while 29 percent said that there were too many, and 9 percent responded that the community needed more DCs. These figures are approximately the same as those found in the ACA’s 1995 and 1997 surveys.
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This note was uploaded on 11/21/2011 for the course TECH 2701 taught by Professor Samueldemons during the Fall '10 term at Life Chiropractic College West.

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TECH 2701 2000 ACA - Summary of the 2000 ACA Professional Survey on Chiropractic Practice BY PATRICIA JACKSON VICE PRESIDENT PROFESSIONAL

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