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Table 4 Perceived outcomes of acupuncture, chiropractic and osteopathy use

From: Acupuncture, chiropractic and osteopathy use in Australia: a national population survey

  Percentage of users
Outcome Acupuncture (n = 101) Chiropractic (n = 176) Osteopathy (n = 51)
Overall helpfulness*    
   Very helpful 60.0 71.4 64.2
   Somewhat helpful 30.1 21.6 28.4
   Less helpful 7.8 5.0 3.0
Positive outcomes    
   Relieved pain/symptoms 87.1 71.9 79.5
   Improved well-being 78.2 45.5 45.6
   Cured the disease/solved the problem 41.6 Not asked Not asked
   Improved ability to undertake daily activities Not asked 50.2 60.5
   Decreased disability Not asked 23.1 40.6
Adverse events # 3.0 4.0 7.8
  1. *Some users did not respond to this question.
  2. Users permitted to report multiple positive outcomes.
  3. # % of users who reported an adverse event