A Framework For Chiropractic Training In Clinical Preventive Services
Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2013 (Aug 20); 21: 28
Cheryl Hawk and Marion Willard Evans
Cheryl Hawk firstname.lastname@example.org
Logan College of Chiropractic, 1851 Schoettler Rd, 63017 Chesterfield, MO, USA
The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provides incentives for both patients and providers to engage in evidence-based clinical preventive services recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Depending upon the application of the new health care act, Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) may be considered to be covered providers of many of these services. It is therefore essential that DCs’ training prepare them to competently deliver them. The aim of this commentary is to describe a framework for training in clinical preventive services, based largely on the USPSTF recommendations, which could be readily integrated into existing DC educational programs.From the Full-Text Article:
The necessity for preventive care
The United States, despite spending more money on health care than any other country, has a population with shorter life expectancy and greater morbidity than any other wealthy nation . The areas in which the U.S. lags behind its 16 peer nations are all lifestyle-related to a great degree . Clearly this situation requires an approach that engages people in modifying their health behavior, as early as possible, rather than relying on heroic measures once conditions have become chronic and life-threatening. That approach is systematically addressed in the science of health promotion and disease prevention, often simply called “prevention” or “preventive care”.