Chiropractic and Children: Is More Research Enough?
SOURCE: Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2010 (Jun 2); 18: 11 ~ FULL TEXT
Charlotte Leboeuf-Yde, and Lise Hestbæk
Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics,
Forskerparken 10, DK-5230 Odense M, Denmark. firstname.lastname@example.org
Many health science research and review articles end with the words: “More research is needed”. However, when it comes to research, it is not as much a question of quantity as of quality. There are a number of important prerequisites before research should be initiated. The three pillars, relevance, quality and ethics should be respected but for a project to be meaningful, it must also be based on plausible rationale.
In evidence-based (informed) practice, one takes into account not only research-based evidence but also clinical expertise and the patients’ perspectives. In this paper, we briefly discuss how this should be handled in clinical practice is briefly discussed, using the concept of “traffic lights” (red, yellow, green). We explain how the combination of evidence and plausibility can be used to reach a decision as to whether a treatment or diagnostic procedure is suitable, possible, or unsuitable.
In this thematic series of Chiropractic & Osteopathy a number of reviews are presented, in which the research status of pediatric chiropractic is scrutinized and found wanting. Two important aspects were studied in these reviews: the effect of treatment and safety issues. Two types of problems were identified: the lack of research in general and the lack of research using the appropriate study designs and methodology in particular. Therefore, we discuss the meager research noted in the areas of chiropractic care in children and the clinical consequences this should have. The prerequisites for “more research” are scrutinized and an example given of suitable research programs.
Finally, the important issue of implementation of research findings is covered, emphasizing the responsibility of all stakeholders involved at both the undergraduate and the postgraduate level, within professional associations, and on an individual level.
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