Investigating force-time characteristics of prone thoracic SMT and self-reported patient outcome measures: a feasibility study - Chiropractic & Manual Therapies

July 08, 2023

Quantitative data were collected to objectively investigate the primary outcomes of feasibility including data quality, data collection rates, and participant recruitment and retention rates. Inclusion criteria included providers treating at the CMCC campus clinic and providing prone thoracic SMT procedures. Data collection outcomes included the number of possible data collection points (count of appointments where data collection should have occurred), data collection rate (percentage of possible data collections that actually occurred; successful if ≥ 70%) and missed data collection rate (percentage of possible data collections missed; successful if ≤ 20%) [34, 36]. Secondary outcome measures included SMT force-time characteristics (preload force, force dip, peak thrust force, total peak force, time to peak, and loading rate (Fig. Data analysisFeasibility measures of recruitment, data collection, resource, and data quality were analyzed using counts, frequency, and percentages.

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