Mightier Than the Sword — Using Research to Promote and Defend Chiropractic
SOURCE: ACA News
By Daniel Redwood, DC
If the public is to be better educated about the benefits of chiropractic care, doctors of chiropractic must be the ones to do the educating. Research is the strongest tool we have to promote our healing art to those unfamiliar with its value and to defend it from unwarranted attacks. We owe it to our patients, our profession, ourselves and future generations to know the facts so that we can share them far and wide.
This does not mean that every practicing DC needs to become a full-time scholar, familiar with the details and nuances of the approximately 100 randomized clinical trials on spinal manipulation. It does mean that to be effective chiropractic ambassadors, we all need a good grasp of the overall picture, along with working knowledge of a small number of studies, reviews and guidelines that will allow us to most effectively deliver our message. And we need to stay up-to-date as new studies emerge.
For much of our history, prior to the dawn of the modern era of chiropractic research in the 1970s and 1980s, DCs had no choice but to rely completely on powerful, true stories about the patients we had helped in our offices. These individual stories still matter and can legitimately be shared with others as part of our outreach.But in this evidence-based era, we must use these anecdotes as the spice only, rather than the main course. Otherwise, we risk losing many opportunities to strengthen our case through strategic use of the increasingly broad and deep body of evidence researchers have made available to us. We best honor their work by sharing it widely, forcefully and accurately.
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