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The Influence of Curricular and Extracurricular Learning Activities on Students' Choice of Chiropractic Technique

The Influence of Curricular and Extracurricular Learning Activities on Students' Choice of Chiropractic Technique

David M Sikorski et al. J Chiropr Educ.

Abstract

Objective: Surveys for the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners indicate that diversified chiropractic technique is the most commonly used chiropractic manipulation method. The study objective was to investigate the influences of our diversified core technique curriculum, a technique survey course, and extracurricular technique activities on students' future practice technique preferences.

Methods: We conducted an anonymous, voluntary survey of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year chiropractic students at our institution. Surveys were pretested for face validity, and data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics.

Results: We had 164 students (78% response rate) participate in the survey. Diversified was the most preferred technique for future practice by students, and more than half who completed the chiropractic technique survey course reported changing their future practice technique choice as a result. The students surveyed agreed that the chiropractic technique curriculum and their experiences with chiropractic practitioners were the two greatest bases for their current practice technique preference, and that their participation in extracurricular technique clubs and seminars was less influential.

Conclusions: Students appear to have the same practice technique preferences as practicing chiropractors. The chiropractic technique curriculum and the students' experience with chiropractic practitioners seem to have the greatest influence on their choice of chiropractic technique for future practice. Extracurricular activities, including technique clubs and seminars, although well attended, showed a lesser influence on students' practice technique preferences.

Keywords: Curriculum; Education; Manipulation, Chiropractic.

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Figure 1.
Percent attending technique clubs by year in program.
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Number of technique seminars attended by year in program.
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Percent planning to use technique in future practice by year in program.
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Figure 4.
Percent curriculum and extracurriculum influence on future practice technique plan by year in program.
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Figure 5.
Technique preferences of students and practicing doctors of chiropractic. NBCE indicates data from National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

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