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Study on the use of information by chiropractors

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posted on 2021-11-13, 19:01 authored by Dawson, Penelope Jane

A study of the use of information by chiropractors in New Zealand was undertaken in order to produce guidelines for the establishment of library services to practitioners, and to fill a gap in the body of user studies knowledge. This study used a survey to collect data which was then analysed using descriptive statistics. It was found that: The library will need to market its services strongly to the practitioners Chiropractors are different to orthodox medical practitioners in that they use monographs more than journals and colleagues, but are similar to medical physicians because they rarely use libraries and prefer using their own personal collection . Electronic information use is low in spite of high computer use and will therefore need special marketing and training to create awareness and use. There does not seem to be a need for special recent graduate services as there is no significant linear relationship between professional age and print information use Rural chiropractors and urban chiropractors do not use electronic information any differently, so will probably not need special training or services in this area. They can be accommodated into services as a group.


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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Degree Discipline

Library and Information Studies

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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Master of Library and Information Studies

Victoria University of Wellington Item Type

Masters Research Paper or Project



Victoria University of Wellington School

School of Information Management


Smith, Alastair