Chiropractic student diagnosis and management of headache disorders: a survey examining self-perceived preparedness and clinical proficiency

Craig Moore*, Stephney Whillier, Martha Funabashi, Diana De Carvalho, Jon Adams, Matthew Fernandez, Rosemary Giuriato, Michael Swain

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    Abstract

    Objective: To explore the self-perceived preparedness and clinical proficiency in headache diagnosis and management of Australian chiropractic students in senior years of study.

    Methods: Australian chiropractic students in the 4th (n = 134) and 5th year (n = 122) of 2 chiropractic university programs were invited to participate in an online cross-sectional survey. Descriptive analyses were conducted for all variables. Post hoc analyses were performed using simple linear regression to evaluate the relationship between self-perceived preparedness and correctness of headache diagnosis and management scores.

    Results: Australian chiropractic students in senior years demonstrated moderate overall levels of self-perceived preparedness and proficiency in their ability to diagnose and manage headache disorders. Final-year students had a slightly higher self-perceived preparedness and proficiency in headache diagnosis and management compared to those students in the 4th year of study. There was no relationship between self-perceived preparedness and correctness of headache diagnosis and management for either 4th- or 5th-year chiropractic students.

    Conclusion: Our findings suggest that there may be gaps in graduate chiropractic student confidence and proficiency in headache diagnosis and management. These findings call for further research to explore graduate chiropractic student preparedness and proficiency in the diagnosis and management of headache disorders.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)229-241
    Number of pages13
    JournalThe Journal of Chiropractic Education
    Volume35
    Issue number2
    Early online date22 Feb 2021
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021

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    Keywords

    • Chiropractic
    • Curriculum
    • Education
    • Evidence-Based Practice
    • Preparedness
    • Headache

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