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City of Davenport (Iowa) Proclaims September 18 as “Chiropractic Awareness Day”

By |September 18, 2011|Announcement|

City of Davenport (Iowa) Proclaims September 18
as “Chiropractic Awareness Day”

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SOURCE: Quad Cities Online


(Davenport, Iowa) In honor of the first chiropractic adjustment on Sept. 18, 1895, in downtown Davenport, the City of Davenport has issued a proclamation naming September 18 as “Chiropractic Awareness Day.” The first Chiropractic Awareness Day will be celebrated at 12 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, which also is the day Palmer College of Chiropractic recognizes the founding of the chiropractic profession and the College at its annual Founder”s Day.

During this first celebration, Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba will read the proclamation in the courtyard of the B.J. and Mabel Palmer Residence at 8th and Brady streets in Davenport, followed by remarks by Palmer President Donald Kern, D.C., and Non-profit Chiropractic Organization (NPCO) President Joshua Heines.

Tours of the B.J. and Mabel Palmer Residence will be available following the remarks. Parking is available in the Vickie Anne Palmer Hall parking lot at 7th and Brady streets, Davenport. Current Palmer student Joshua Heines founded NPCO in Davenport, and came to Palmer with the idea for a Chiropractic Awareness Day. (more…)

General Health, Wellness, and Chiropractic Care

By |September 18, 2011|Maintenance Care, Wellness Care|

General Health, Wellness, and Chiropractic Care

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The World Health Organization defines health as being “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. [ 1 ]

Given this broad definition of health, epistemological constructs borrowed from the social sciences may demonstrate health benefits not disclosed by randomized controlled trials.

Health benefits, such as improvement in self-reported quality-of-life (QOL), behaviors associated with decreased morbidity, patient satisfaction, and decreased health care costs, are reported in the following articles, and they make a compelling statement about the effects of chiropractic on general health.

Despite the historic emphasis on treatment, prevention and health promotion are receiving increased attention within the US health care system. These same health promotion tasks are considered by the National Academy of Science and others as essential components of health services delivered by primary care providers. Chiropractors are viewed by many as capable of and actively delivering prevention and health promotion in addition to providing other primary care services. (more…)

An Invitation To Participate in the ICONPractice-Based Research Program

By |September 16, 2011|Research|

An Invitation To Participate in the ICON
Practice-Based Research Program

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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…)

Redefining the Rules: The CCE Changes Its Standards From Quantitative to Qualitative

By |September 14, 2011|Education|

Redefining the Rules: The CCE Changes Its Standards
From Quantitative to Qualitative

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SOURCE:   Todays Chiropractic

By Randy Southerland


Early next year, chiropractic colleges across the nation will adopt a new set of accreditation standards. Significantly, this will be the first wholesale rewriting of the standards in more than three decades.

Set by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), these rules define what programs must do to gain or maintain CCE accreditation. In a marked departure from past years, the standards will now allow greater freedom in how D.C. programs admit and educate students, while requiring more accountability for producing competent professionals. “It’s a change in the way institutions go about delivering education,” says Dr. Brian McAulay, executive vice president and provost at Life University.

The new standards, which take effect in January 2012, are less prescriptive, with fewer demands that programs offer specific courses or use particular teaching methods such as requiring D.C. students to deliver 250 adjustments. Rather, the standards reflect an emerging focus on setting and measuring learning outcomes for students. It’s a trend that has become commonplace in higher education nationally, but is only now being adopted by the chiropractic profession, according to McAulay.

“Rather than focusing on credit hours and the amount of time a student spends in a seat, an outcomes approach asks ‘What has a student actually learned?’” he explains. “This approach is about holding institutions accountable for being very clear on what the student is expected to learn, and then being very good at measuring and assessing whether that learning has taken place.”

The U.S. Department of Education charges accrediting agencies such as the CCE with periodically reviewing standards to ensure they reflect best practices in the profession and in the broader field of education. A team comprising personnel from CCE-accredited programs began this process in the summer of 2006. Its mission was to look at every aspect of the agency’s accrediting standards, and then bring them more in line with current thinking and practices in higher education. (more…)

Is “Expanded Practice” our Pandora’s Box?

By |September 13, 2011|Editorial, Expanded Practice|

Is “Expanded Practice” our Pandora’s Box?

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SOURCE:   A Chiro.Org Editorial


I just read a Press Release from the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation (FVS) this morning, titled “Chiropractors Lash Out in Massive Campaign Against Accrediting Agency“.

Previous press releases from this group have denounced (perhaps rightly) any movement to include prescribing rights for DCs, and this Blog has published extensively about both sides of that debate in the past. [1–15]

Personally, I think that seeking prescription rights is a bad idea because of the political and legal turmoil it will invite from Organized Medicine. The authors of the Foundation typically paint the “Pro Drug” movement as an attack against the idea of the Vertebral Subluxation and of the profession’s historical foundation, as one that does not use drugs and surgery to accomplish our goals.

It’s now time for the Profession to determine if this is “Chicken Little” paranoia, or if the FVS has a valid concern that MUST be addressed.

According to their Press release, there is a “massive and historic outpouring” of dissatisfaction by “at least 6000 chiropractors” via “Facebook, Twitter and e-mail“. The author goes on to state that “At issue is the systematic remaking of the profession by these groups into a branch of medicine.”   OK, that got my attention.

NOTE: It may be true that this page has 6000 “members”, but MANY of them (like myself) were added to that list without our knowledge or permission.   So their claim of 6000 “members” is spurious.   Further, even if it WAS true, 6,000 DCs represents less than 10% of our Profession. Hardly a ground swell. (more…)

A Systematic Review of Chiropractic Management of Adults with Whiplash Associated Disorders: Recommendations for Advancing Evidence-based Practice and Research

By |September 12, 2011|Guidelines, Whiplash|

A Systematic Review of Chiropractic Management of Adults with Whiplash Associated Disorders: Recommendations for Advancing Evidence-based Practice and Research

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SOURCE:   Journal of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists 2011 (Mar); 8 (1)

By: Lynn Shaw, Martin Descarreaux, Roland Bryans, Mireille Duranleau, Henri Marcoux, Brock Potter, Rick Ruegg, Robert Watkin, Eleanor White




The literature relevant to the treatment of Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD) is extensive and heterogeneous.

Methods: A Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach was used to engage a chiropractic community of practice and stakeholders in a systematic Review to address a general question: ‘Does chiropractic management of WAD clients have an effect on improving health status?’ A systematic review of the empirical studies relevant to WAD interventions was conducted followed by a review of the evidence.

Results: The initial search identified 1155 articles. Ninety-two of the articles were retrieved, and 27 articles consistent with specific criteria of WAD intervention were analyzed in-depth. The best evidence supporting the chiropractic management of clients with WAD is reported. For the review identified ways to overcome gaps needed to inform clinical practice and culminated in the development of a proposed care model: The WAD-Plus Model.

Conclusions: There is a baseline of evidence that suggests chiropractic care improves the cervical range of motion (cROM) and pain in the management of WAD. However, the level of this evidence relevant to clinical practice remains low or draws on clinical consensus at this time. The WAD-Plus Model has implications for use by chiropractors and interdisciplinary professionals in the assessment and management of acute, sub-acute and chronic pain due to WAD. Furthermore, the WAD-Plus Model can be used in the future study of interventions and outcomes to advanced evidenced-based care in the management of WAD.

There are more articles like this @ our:

Whiplash Page

The FULL TEXT Article:

Background

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