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Chiropractors disciplined by a state chiropractic board and a comparison with disciplined medical physicians



Chiropractors disciplined by a state chiropractic board and a comparison with disciplined medical physicians



Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 27(7): 472-477



To determine categories of offense, experience, and gender of disciplined doctors of chiropractic (DC) in California and compare them with disciplined medical physicians in California. Retrospective reviews of publicly available data from the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners. The DC disciplinary categories, in descending order, were fraud (44%), sexual boundary issues (22%), other offenses (13%), abuse of alcohol or drugs (10%), negligence or incompetence (6%), poor supervision (2%), and mental impairment (.3%). The professions differ in the major reasons for disciplinary actions. Two thirds (67%) of the doctors of chiropractic were disciplined for fraud and sexual boundary issues, compared with 59% for negligence and substance misuse for medical physicians. Additional study in each profession may reveal methods to identify causes and possible intervention for those who are at high risk.

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PMID: 15389179

DOI: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2004.06.006


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