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The Chiropractic Research Agenda

Moving Chiropractic Forward:
An Interview with Bill Meeker, D.C., M.P.H.

This interview with Dan Redwood, D.C. starts: “Since being named in 1998 to head the Consortial Center for Chiropractic Research (CCCR), Bill Meeker has been at the center of a burgeoning chiropractic research effort. Supported by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), CCCR is a joint endeavor that currently includes six chiropractic colleges and three state-supported universities. Its essential mission is twofold: to support high quality research projects and to create a sustainable chiropractic research infrastructure.”

Palmer Awarded Federal Contract to Set Chiropractic Research Agenda
Palmer College of Chiropractic has landed a contract with the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) titled, "A National Workshop to Develop the Chiropractic Research Agenda." The project involves the creation of a interdisciplinary panel to recommend priorities for chiropractic research. The evaluation of chiropractic procedures through research is generally considered a key factor in determining to what extent chiropractic will be used in mainstream health care.

Panelists Named to "National Workshop to Develop the Chiropractic Research Agenda"
After a lengthy and exhaustive nomination process, a group of 35 individuals have been selected as panelists for the "National Workshop to Develop the Chiropractic Research Agenda." The project is being conducted by the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research under a contract awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Professions.

A Chiropractic Research Agenda
There has been quite of bit of talk lately about the project entitled, "A National Workshop to Set the Chiropractic Research Agenda." Not all of it has been accurate, and so I am using this opportunity to explain some of the background, the process, and what I hope will be the ultimate outcome. The purpose of the project is to conduct a meeting to arrive at a consensus of experts about chiropractic research topics and their priorities. Five general areas for chiropractic research will be explored. They are: outcomes research, clinical research, educational research, health services research, and educational research. The results of the deliberations will be published in the refereed scientific literature where they can be easily retrieved and used.

Reflections on the Creation of a Research Agenda for Chiropractic
In July, a workshop was held to develop a research agenda for chiropractic. Interestingly, the effort was initiated by the federal government with a contract to Palmer College of Chiropractic. The amount of money involved was not large, but apparently, it was enough to cause an event like this to happen, something that should have happened in chiropractic many years ago. We should all reflect on this, because it is indicative of the leadership gridlock that has historically affected the development of new knowledge in chiropractic. The dearth of defensible information about chiropractic and chiropractors is still hampering our external ability to integrate successfully with the rest of the so-called health industry.

Progress in Chiropractic Research
Financed by the Bureau of Health Professions of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, the second National Conference to Establish the Chiropractic Research Agenda was held in June in Alexandria, Virginia. This time, 70 participants from over 15 disciplines worked to create "concept proposals," which are essentially the blueprints for specific research projects.

Chiropractic Research Garners More Federal Dollars
The HRSA has awarded a second million dollar grant to Western States to assess both chiropractic and medical treatment of low back pain. The HRSA has awarded a $816,000 grant (over three years) to LACC for a study that will assess the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of spinal manipulation vs. spinal mobilization, heat therapy, and electrical muscle stimulation for treating neck pain. Pain reduction, functional improvement, and patient satisfaction will be assessed. As we go to press, the information coming out of National College concerning their HRSA grant is sparse. We can tell you that it is $431,000 grant, and that the study will compare the flexion-distraction technique vs. medical care for low back pain.

About the Research Agenda Conferences (RAC I-X)

ACC-RAC 2005: Professional Maturity (RAC 10)

ACC-RAC 2005: Emerging Research and Training Opportunities (RAC 10)

ACC-RAC 2004: The "Best Practices" of Chiropractic (RAC 9)

(2003)   Chiropractic Comes of Age at ACC-RAC 2003 Conference (RAC 8)

(2002)   Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) joins with
the Research Agenda Conference (RAC 7)

(2001)   RAC 6 - Chiropractic Research Conference: Hope at Last

(2001)   Research Agenda Conference (RAC 6) Slated for July

(2000)   Research Agenda Conference (RAC 5):
The Research Funds Are Rehab RAC 'n' Roll

(2000)   Research Agenda Conference (RAC 5):
The Research Funds Are Available, but Must Be Used Wisely

(1999)   The Research Agenda Conference (RAC 4):
Chiropractic Theory in Research:
Subluxation Theory Finally Gets the Attention It Deserves

Robert Mootz, D.C.

(1999)   Synopsis of Research Agenda Conference 4
Anthony Rosner, PhD, FCER director of research

(1999)   Expanding Chiropractic's Research Consciousness and Competence:
Report from the 4th Chiropractic Research Agenda Conference

(1999)   Dump Subluxation? Give Me a Break!
(Comments from RAC 4)

William Meeker,DC, MPH, FICC

(1998)   Comments on the RAC 1-3 Conferences
The third annual Research Agenda Conference (RAC3) for the chiropractic profession (June 19-21) was attended by over 140 researchers, a significant number considering there are only about 65 researchers at the chiropractic colleges in North America (out of 1,265 faculty members).

(1997)   Setting the Chiropractic Research Agenda: Conference 2:
Greater Outside Funding and Collaboration for Chiropractic Research Sought

Al Adams, DC and Gerard Clum, DC

About the "Consortial Center for Chiropractic Research"

Consortial Center for Chiropractic Research --Request for Proposals

Chiropractic Consortium Becomes OAM s 11th Research Center
CAM Newsletter Spring 1998

The OAM and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) have awarded a research grant to support the first federally funded Center for Chiropractic Research. The grant was awarded to the Consortial Center for Chiropractic Research (CCCR), a group of chiropractic colleges and institutions headquartered at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.

Discover the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research Programs
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, together with Palmer College of Chiropractic West, is organized into six research programs and three offices for planning and administration.

Chiropractic Research Facts


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