Attitudes towards limited drug prescription rights: A survey of South African chiropractors

Health SA Gesondheid

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Title Attitudes towards limited drug prescription rights: A survey of South African chiropractors
Creator Huluman, Thriya Yelverton, Christopher Peterson, Cynthia
Subject Chiropractic; Perceptions attitudes; chiropractic; drug prescription; professional perspective; professional scope of practice
Description Background: Several surveys that have been published show opinions regarding a change in the scope of chiropractic practice to include prescription rights. Currently, research into the attitudes of South African chiropractors towards having this right is non-existent.Aim: To ascertain the attitudes of South African chiropractors towards the inclusion of drug prescription rights in their scope of practice.Setting: The study was conducted on chiropractors registered with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa and members of the Chiropractic Association of South Africa.Method: A self-administrative online questionnaire was developed, and sent via email to all registered chiropractors in South Africa in February 2020. Descriptive statistics were used to analyse the data.Results: The response rate for this study was 15.9% (n = 138). 84% (n =105) were in favour of limited prescription rights for over-the-counter medication. However, 79.6% (n = 98) did not agree to full prescriptions rights for non-musculoskeletal drugs. A total of 33.6% (n = 42) rarely recommended OTC and prescription-based analgesics, muscle relaxants and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to their acute patients and 37.9% (n = 52) rarely recommended these drugs to chronic patients. 68.8% (n = 86) were confident in their knowledge of musculoskeletal drugs and 91.2% (n = 112) agreed on further education and training in pharmacology for those practitioners seeking limited medication prescription rights.Conclusion: The majority of South African chiropractor respondents indicated an interest in expanding their scope of practice to include limited prescription rights.Contribution: These findings could indicate a shift in the attitudes of chiropractors towards drug prescription rights within the profession.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Contributor University of Johannesburg
Date 2022-02-11
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Survey
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/hsag.v27i0.1731
Source Health SA Gesondheid; Vol 27 (2022); 8 pages 2071-9736 1025-9848
Language eng
Coverage South Africa 2019 Age; Qualification; Perception and attitudes
Rights Copyright (c) 2022 Thriya Huluman, Christopher Yelverton, Cynthia Peterson