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McMaster chiropractic working group aims to further health research and interdisciplinary care

By |April 24, 2013|Research|

Source The Vancouver Sun

by Dr Don Nixdorf

Research is key to developing better treatments and care protocols to eliminate disease and stay healthy.  The chiropractic profession is fortunate to have twelve Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF) research chairs in major universities across the country, each of which conducts and contributes to world class research.  But the more significant benefits to weaving these research chairs into the fabric of academia are the interdisciplinary connections and collaborations that result.  There is no other time in history where we have seen so many different health professions coming together with one common goal: improving healthcare.

When many different health professionals work together, patients routinely experience better care and are on average better prepared to care for themselves.  There are several examples of this in practice already.  St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto uses a multi-disciplinary approach to treat and manage back pain.  Community health clinics with nurse practitioners, dentists, nutritionists and several other health care providers are peppered throughout Canada and experience tremendous success in the amount of patients they can treat and the quality of the care that is delivered.  Let’s also not forget our amazing Canadian athletes who benefit from a team healthcare approach.  It makes perfect sense that patients benefit from having multiple perspectives of expertise that work together to treat the whole person, not just the corner of their body with a problem.

In an effort to gain further momentum to this type of approach and increase collaboration in the academic community, several chiropractic doctors out of McMaster University came together to form the McMaster Chiropractic Working Group in 2009.  Dr. Steven Passmore DC, PhD, a researcher from the University of Manitoba is one of the founding members of this group that aims to raise the profile of chiropractic in the university setting through credible research and collaborative efforts.  With the exception of the CCRF researchers in universities, chiropractic education and advancement is primarily through chiropractic schools and funded almost entirely by chiropractic doctors.  Even after earning his PhD from McMaster in 2012, Dr. Passmore continues to be a part of this initiative that is setting an example for others across the country.  BC is already investigating the potential of a local working group based on the McMaster model. (more…)

Chiropractic Research Capacity in Canada in 2008

By |May 4, 2010|Research|

Source Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association December ’09 (PDF)

Introduction

These findings are based on a two part survey that went out to Canadian chiropractors in the field and then to chiropractors with post-graduate training.

The main findings of the first part of the survey were that there were 94 chiropractors who either have or are in the process of completing a master’s degree, along with 30 who either possess or are completing a PhD. Most of these are found in Ontario and Quebec.

The second part of the survey found that there were 20 full time chiropractic researchers and 55 part time researchers. Again, the vast majority of these were found in Ontario and Quebec. Among the full time researchers 8 were conducting clinical research, 9 were doing epidemiological research, 6 were neurophysiologists, and there were 4 biomechanists. Ten of the full time researchers indicated receiving government funding for their work, 5 received institutional funding, 3 received private funding, and 4 received funding from the profession.

Conclusion

While still few in numbers, it appears that a core group of highly dedicated researchers with clinical training in chiropractic is ready to undertake collaborative research. Professorships and Research Chairs in major universities across the country are now being established, including the recently announced position at McGill University. With such opportunities , many more researchers and trainees are expected to consider a fulltime career in research.

Government of Canada Makes Infrastructure Investments in Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

By |June 8, 2009|Education|

June 05, 2009 16:44 ET

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – June 5, 2009) – The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today announced more than $350,000 in infrastructure funding for the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto.

The funding is being provided through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, a two-year, $2-billion program designed to repair and expand research and educational facilities at Canadian colleges and universities. The program is helping to provide economic stimulus and promote employment by creating jobs for engineers, architects, tradespeople and technicians.

“This Government of Canada investment will provide a significant economic stimulus to the region,” said Minister of State Goodyear. “Our government is investing in innovation to create jobs, to help our economy recover quickly and to improve the quality of life of Canadians.”

Together with funding from the College itself, the investment for infrastructure projects at the College totals more than $1.2 million.

Canada’s Economic Action Plan sets out to stimulate the Canadian economy over the next two years and to improve our long-term competitiveness through $12 billion in new infrastructure investment, which includes the $2-billion Knowledge Infrastructure Program. This new support is the next substantive investment in the Government of Canada’s multi-year Science and Technology Strategy, Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada’s Advantage.

Knowledge Infrastructure Program Investments in the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

Through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, the federal government is investing $351,480 to fund two projects at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. The College is providing an additional $858,726 in funding for these projects.



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Institution             Project                 Federal               Other
                        Description             Contribution   Contribution
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Canadian Memorial       Diagnostic and          $225,980           $722,726
 Chiropractic College   Procedural Simulation
                        Learning Labs
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Canadian Memorial       Enhancing Health        $125,500           $136,000
 Chiropractic College   and Safety, and
                        Building Efficiency
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                                         TOTAL  $351,480           $858,726
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For more information about the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, including program criteria and application instructions, please visit www.ic.gc.ca/knowledge-infrastructure.

Alberta delists chiropractic coverage from provincial health care plan

By |April 8, 2009|News|

The Edmonton Journal

Albertans will no longer be able to claim chiropractic care starting this summer, after the government delisted chiropractor services from its provincial health plan.

The cut, which will save approximately $53 million, will mean patients will be out up to $200 each year.

The province also cut coverage for gender reassignment surgery or sex-change operations, a move that will save $700,000, leaving about 20 patients each year on the hook for procedures that cost anywhere between $18,000 and $70,000. (more…)