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The Swiss chiropractic patient cohort (Swiss ChiCo) study is a nationwide research project which aims to describe the characteristics of patients presenting to Swiss chiropractors, assess the clinical course of patients with musculoskeletal pain, and examine the feasibility for performing a larger subsequent cohort study.

Clinical Trial Description

The chiropractic scope of practice within Switzerland includes the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal (MSK) pain conditions through manual medicine, prescription medication, and diagnostic imaging (radiography, ultrasound, CT, MRI). Common patient complaints presenting to Swiss chiropractic offices mirror this scope of practice, with low back pain and pelvic related pain being the most prevalent. This combination of clinical expertise and access to a MSK pain patient population allows chiropractic health care centres to become useful "real-world" primary care settings to further understand the current management and clinical course of MSK pain conditions in Switzerland, and to identify practice gaps and opportunities for Swiss MSK primary health care quality improvement. This study aims to describe the characteristics of patients with new conservative healthcare seeking for MSK pain presenting to Swiss chiropractors, assess the clinical course of these patients over 12 weeks, and examine the feasibility for performing a larger subsequent prospective electronic cohort study using the newly established Swiss ChiCo practice-based research network (PBRN) and clinical cohort methodological framework. Participating chiropractors will recruit consecutive patients from community-based chiropractic practices into a 12-week observational prospective electronic cohort study. Patient participants will be asked to complete 5 electronic surveys over 12-weeks. The first survey will be provided to patient participants prior to their initial chiropractic assessment. Subsequent questionnaires will be provided 1-hour, 2-weeks, 6-weeks, and 12-weeks after the initial visit. This patient cohort study represents a collaborative effort of international researchers, Swiss chiropractic clinicians, and the chiropractic patient and clinical associations in Switzerland (Pro Chiropractic Switzerland and ChiroSuisse). The survey design and study implementation procedures have been conceptualized through stakeholder consultation. ;

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NCT number NCT05116020
Study type Observational
Source Balgrist University Hospital
Contact Cesar A Hincapié, DC PhD
Phone +41 (0)44 386 57 29
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Start date February 1, 2022
Completion date February 1, 2023

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