December 2017
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The Death Knell for the Prescription Rights Movement?

Chiro.Org Blog: The recent release (2-14-17) of American College of Physician’s new study ”Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain” appears to raise an evidence-based obstacle in the path to adding Rx rights to our profession. […]

Chiropractic Identity, Role and Future:
A Survey of North American Chiropractic Students

Chiro.Org Blog: The last thirty years in health care have brought about many changes in thoughts and practice ideologies. One of these recent trends is an emphasis on cost-effective treatments and interprofessional collaboration. [1–3] Additional changes in health care over this time have included an increase in medical specialization and sub-specialization, the concept and implementation of evidence-based practice, and a greater acceptance of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies in mainstream medicine. Amid all of these transformations and shifts in the health care arena, a primary spine care specialist role has not been established. The current state of spinal care has been classified as a “supermarket approach” consisting of multiple practitioners including primary care providers, chiropractic physicians, acupuncturists, physical therapists, physiatrists, orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, massage therapists, and naturopathic physicians with multiple treatment philosophies, high salesmanship and little interprofessional communication. [4] Chiropractic physicians possess many attributes that would be required of a primary spine care practitioner, and with specific modifications in education and practice, chiropractors may be in a position to make a relatively lateral transition to occupy this role. [4] […]

It Took A Licking But Kept On Ticking

Chiro.Org Blog: Although prescription rights may seem appealing to many in the chiropractic profession, major changes to education and legislation will first be needed before these privileges can be incorporated into the profession’s scope of practice.   Chiropractors and the governing bodies that wish to pursue limited prescriptive authority should engage in dialogue with like-minded politicians and third-party payers and promote the benefits of making such changes to the existing healthcare system.   In addition, future research might be needed in order to justify such discussions with healthcare stakeholders. […]