Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

More than Cracking Backs: Exploring Patient-Careers in Chiropractic Care
by Loney, Timothy J., M.A., Minnesota State University, Mankato, 2018, 110; 10979096
Abstract (Summary)

The popularity of the concept of patient-career rose at the same time as more people were using chiropractic care in the United States. Yet, patient-career has yet to be applied in a sociological manner to those who seek out chiropractic care. Semi-structured in-depth interviews with 19 patients of chiropractic care reveal that pain, to the point of interference with daily-life, is what drove them to seek out help outside traditional medicine. This research investigates how holding preconceived notions of chiropractic care (positive or negative), the influence of social networks, and beliefs surrounding health and pain influence the direction of the individual careers in chiropractic care. Several key findings emerged throughout the interview process such as understanding the impact of pain on daily-life, the validation of this pain from a caregiver, the importance of connections and shared understandings in healthcare, and the paradox of a chiropractic adjustment as a blend of science, religion, and magic.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Epplen, Sarah
Commitee: McAlarnen, Michelle, Waskul, Dennis
School: Minnesota State University, Mankato
Department: Sociology
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: MAI 58/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Public health, Sociology, Physiology, Operations research
Publication Number: 10979096
ISBN: 978-0-438-73660-3
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