Patients' satisfaction with osteopathic and GP management of low back pain in the same surgery

Complement Ther Med. 2000 Sep;8(3):180-6. doi: 10.1054/ctim.2000.0378.


Chronic low back patients reported their satisfaction with the treatment they received for back pain from GPs and osteopaths practising in the same surgery. Although levels of satisfaction were high for all treatments, patients reported significantly higher scores for satisfaction with the osteopathic treatment. The difference was stronger for aspects of care/communication and competence, and weaker for satisfaction with efficacy. These findings are discussed in reference to patients' expectations, novelty, time spent with patients, number of visits, and patients' age.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chronic Disease
  • England
  • Family Practice*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Low Back Pain / therapy*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteopathic Medicine*
  • Patient Satisfaction*