The Meade Study:
A three-year British comparison of Chiropractic care and standard medical care of low-back pain patients found Chiropractic treatment more effective than hospital outpatient management for patients with chronic or severe back pain. The positive effects of Chiropractic Care in this 1990 study were even more evident during the follow-up period. Funding of this study was provided by the Medical Research Council, the National Back Pain Association, the European Chiropractors Union and the King Edward’s Hospital Fund for London.
The RAND Study:
Preliminary reports published in 1991 by one of the most prestigious centres for research in public policy confirms that appropriateness of spinal manipulation for some low-back pain patients. This study is part of a larger, multi-year project designed by the Consortium for Chiropractic Research to help establish standards of care for the Chiropractic profession. The Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research (FCER) is assisting in the management of this study.
The Florida Study:
The highlights of this 1988 FCER-funded report support the findings of earlier studies of workers’ compensation claims that Chiropractic care is more cost-effective than standard medical care in the management of work-related back injuries. The results of this study indicated Chiropractic patients suffered shorter periods of total disability, and their cost of care was lower, compared to patients of medical doctors, who were likely to be hospitalised.
The Utah Study:
In another study of workers’ compensation claims, this 1991 study found patients of Chiropractic care returned to work sooners after injury, reporting an average of two lost work days to 20 under standard medical care. Furthermore, the study revealed that Chiropractic care was 10 times less expensive than standard medical care in compensation payouts. Funding of this study was provided by the Workers’ Compensation Fund of Utah, the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, and the Greenawalt Fellowship Fund.
The Koes' Clinical Trial:
A 1991 Dutch project compared manipulative therapy (Chiropractic) and physiotherapy (physical therapy) for the treatment of persistent back and neck complaints. After 12 months, the manipulative therapy groups showed greater improvement in the primary complaint as well as in physical function, with fewer visits. Funding for this trial was provided by the Dutch Ministry of Welfare, Health and Cultural Affairs and by the Dutch Health Insurance Council.
The Magna Study:
This study researched both the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the Chiropractic management of low- back pain and found “on the evidence, particularly the most scientifically valid clinical studies, spinal manipulations applied by Chiropractors is shown to be more effective than alternative treatment for low-back pain. Many medical therapies are of questionable validity or are clearly inadequate. The study was funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health.