The Swiss Chiropractic Practice-based Research Network: A Population-based Cross-sectional Study to Inform Future Musculoskeletal Research

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SOURCE:   Scientific Reports 2023 (Apr 6); 13 (1): 5655


Rahim Lalji, Léonie Hofstetter, Alice Kongsted, Viktor von Wyl, Milo A. Puhan & Cesar A. Hincapié

EBPI-UWZH Musculoskeletal Epidemiology Research Group,
University of Zurich and Balgrist University Hospital,
Forchstrasse 340, 8008,
Zurich, Switzerland.

FROM:   BMJ Open 2022

The Swiss chiropractic practice-based research network (PBRN) is a nationwide project developed in collaboration with patients, clinicians, and academic stakeholders to advance musculoskeletal epidemiologic research. The aim of this study was to describe the clinician population recruited and representativeness of this PBRN to inform future collaboration. A population-based cross-sectional study was performed. PBRN clinician characteristics were described and factors related to motivation (operationalised as VAS score ≥ 70) to participate in a subsequent patient cohort pilot study were assessed. Among 326 eligible chiropractors, 152 enrolled in the PBRN (47% participation). The PBRN was representative of the larger Swiss chiropractic population with regards to age, language, and geographic distribution. Of those enrolled, 39% were motivated to participate in a nested patient cohort pilot study. Motivation was associated with age 40 years or older versus 39 years or younger (OR 2.3, 95% CI 1.0–5.2), and with a moderate clinic size (OR 2.4, 95% CI 1.1–5.7) or large clinic size (OR 2.8, 95% CI 1.0–7.8) versus solo practice. The Swiss chiropractic PBRN has enrolled almost half of all Swiss chiropractors and has potential to facilitate collaborative practice-based research to improve musculoskeletal health care quality.

Trial registration:   Swiss chiropractic PBRN
( identifier: NCT05046249);
Swiss chiropractic cohort (Swiss ChiCo) pilot study
( identifier: NCT05116020).

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