Australian chiropractic students’ perceptions of education: validation of a questionnaire

Stanley I. Innes*, Norman Stomski, Charlotte Leboeuf-Yde, Bruce F. Walker

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    Background: This study aimed to validate a questionnaire to address an absence of a measure to evaluate Australian chiropractic students’ perceptions of the quality of chiropractic programs. Method: Potential relevant questionnaire items were selected from the Australian chiropractic accreditation standards. Chiropractic students rated these items for clarity and relevance, which resulted in a pilot questionnaire of 47 items. Principal components analysis was used to establish the structure of the scales. Finally, intra-class correlation coefficients were used to establish the scales’ test-retest reliability. Results: Thirty-four items were omitted resulting in the retention of 13 items that strongly loaded onto five factors. Internal consistency was adequate. The test-retest reliability ranged from adequate to good for four of the derived factors. The fifth was poor and omitted. Conclusion: A valid questionnaire for assessing Australian chiropractic programs has been developed comprising four scales that enquire about: 1) quality of the educational program; 2) provision of student support services; 3) enablement of independent learning; and 4) adequacy of teaching resources.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)174-185
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

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    • Accreditation
    • Chiropractic
    • Education
    • Outcome
    • Validation


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