These findings are based on a two part survey that went out to Canadian chiropractors in the field and then to chiropractors with post-graduate training.
The main findings of the first part of the survey were that there were 94 chiropractors who either have or are in the process of completing a master’s degree, along with 30 who either possess or are completing a PhD. Most of these are found in Ontario and Quebec.
The second part of the survey found that there were 20 full time chiropractic researchers and 55 part time researchers. Again, the vast majority of these were found in Ontario and Quebec. Among the full time researchers 8 were conducting clinical research, 9 were doing epidemiological research, 6 were neurophysiologists, and there were 4 biomechanists. Ten of the full time researchers indicated receiving government funding for their work, 5 received institutional funding, 3 received private funding, and 4 received funding from the profession.
While still few in numbers, it appears that a core group of highly dedicated researchers with clinical training in chiropractic is ready to undertake collaborative research. Professorships and Research Chairs in major universities across the country are now being established, including the recently announced position at McGill University. With such opportunities , many more researchers and trainees are expected to consider a fulltime career in research.