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Paul Shekelle, MD, PhD, who headed the RAND study, has written a letter to the entire chiropractic profession, which was published in the July, 1993 ACA Journal of chiropractic, stating that the RAND Corporation is "extremely concerned about misrepresentation, distortions, and misstatement being made by chiropractors and chiropractic groups about the results of their study." The common misinterpretations pointed out by Dr. Shekelle appear below:
Claim: The RAND Study showed that chiropractic is the most effective treatment for low-back pain.
Fact: RAND's results were about spinal manipulation, not chiropractic, and dealt with appropriateness, which is a …