An Invitation To Participate in the ICON
Practice-Based Research Program
Cheryl Hawk, DC, PhD, Research Program Director at Logan College of Chiropractic, invites all D.C.s to participate in a new practice-based research program titled:
ICON — The Integrated Chiropractic Outcomes Network
ICON Phase 2 will be conducted in October 2011. It involves a one-day sample from your practice. This program is modeled on the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, conducted by the U.S. government with medical and osteopathic physicians. The purpose of the ICON–2 project is to describe DCs’ and NDs’ prevention and health promotion practices, and then to compare them to those of MDs and DOs.
We will ask you to complete a 1-page form for each patient on any one day you choose during the week of Oct. 3-7. The questionnarire will ask about their complaint and any diagnostic, treatment and health promotion procedures you provide.
The ICON Program is open to any licensed chiropractic practitioner, and eventually we hope to include other professions as well. ICON will focus on prevention and health promotion, and I hope we may be able, at some point, to gather data on chiropractic maintenance/wellness care.
The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) defines a Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) as a group of clinicians and practices working together in ambulatory care to answer community-based health care questions and translate research findings into practice.
PBRNs address research questions that require a real-world setting to be answered. Ambulatory care settings, partnering with academic institutions, form the “laboratory” in which these research questions are pursued. (more…)