Table 4

Perceived outcomes of acupuncture, chiropractic and osteopathy use

Percentage of users


Outcome

Acupuncture (n = 101)

Chiropractic (n = 176)

Osteopathy (n = 51)


Overall helpfulness*

Very helpful

60.0

71.4

64.2

Somewhat helpful

30.1

21.6

28.4

Less helpful

7.8

5.0

3.0

Positive outcomes

Relieved pain/symptoms

87.1

71.9

79.5

Improved well-being

78.2

45.5

45.6

Cured the disease/solved the problem

41.6

Not asked

Not asked

Improved ability to undertake daily activities

Not asked

50.2

60.5

Decreased disability

Not asked

23.1

40.6

Adverse events#

3.0

4.0

7.8


*Some users did not respond to this question.

Users permitted to report multiple positive outcomes.

# % of users who reported an adverse event

Xue et al. BMC Public Health 2008 8:105   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-8-105

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