Two case studies to describe and compare the practise and explanatory models used in chiropractic care within culturally diverse societies are proposed. This qualitative study seeks to describe how practitioners and patients interact to construct clinical reality and explore how this reality influences patient compliance and informed consent.  It also seeks to understand how chiropractors cope with diagnostic and therapeutic uncertainty in the clinical encounter.  In order to discriminate between socio-cultural determinants and behaviours characteristic of chiropractic practice, two culturally diverse case studies will be undertaken and compared.

Purposeful sampling, using a maximum variation strategy, will be undertaken and data will be collected by audiotaping consultations , in depth practitioner interviews and patient questionnaires or semi-structured interviews. Content and thematic analysis will be undertaken.

Grant Value: $12,357
Chief Investigator: Dr Jennifer Jamison – RMIT
Status: Complete


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