Index to Chiropractic Literature
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ID 20343
  Title The development of contemporary chiropractic education in Denmark: An exploratory study
Journal J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2008 Oct;31(8):583-592
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Article
Abstract/Notes OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to capture the experience of key stakeholders regarding the development, structure, and influence of the local education program on the Danish chiropractic profession.

METHODS: A gatekeeper was initially interviewed, after which a snowball sampling approach led to a further 11 respondents being identified. Semistructured interviews were conducted, and computer-assisted thematic analysis was used to interpret data.

RESULTS: Seven themes emerged. Two described pertinent historical aspects during the development of the local education, 4 related to status quo issues around education at the University of Southern Denmark, and 1 explored perceived health care integration benefits attributable to the chosen model of education.

CONCLUSION: The Danish chiropractic profession's incentive to raise its legitimacy lay in the access it stood to gain, through a local education, to state-subsidized copayments. "Stakeholder behavior," "boundary work," and "countervailing powers" underscore this example of professionalization; and evidence for secondary legitimization appears evident in the third-party influences, peer association legitimacy, and disciplinary endorsement observed. Our study suggests that secondary legitimacy may serve the interests of an emergent profession in its bid to claim a position of dominance, in this instance, chiropractic.

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