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Table 3

Wellness competencies for doctor of Chiropractic Programs*


appreciate role of lifestyle, behavior, psychological factors in health and wellness

appreciate multidimensionality of wellness

appreciate and accept active patient participation

explain and emphasize benefits of health promotion on response to treatment

appreciate community health and DCs’ role in community health

recognize and appreciate impact of environment on patient’s well being

appreciate social determinants of health.

discuss basic principles and perspectives of health promotion and wellness

describe concepts of health promotion in the context of chiropractic health care;

describe components of health promotion for the needs of the patient and the public

describe the role of the doctor of chiropractic in health promotion

relate necessity of lifestyle changes to promote patients’ and the public’s health

identify health promotion and wellness resources for patients and the public

identify the minimum screening activities for health promotion

describe factors related to the leading health indicators (physical activity, overweight and obesity, tobacco, substance abuse, sexual behavior, mental health, injury and violence, environmental quality, immunization, and access to health care)

describe issues related to years of healthy life and health disparities.

communicate effectively with patients about dimensions of health (biological, psychological, social, and spiritual) as part of history taking

use appropriate techniques to encourage patient participation in his/her health

implement recommended preventive screening activities

perform screening and wellness assessments in different age groups
provide patient counseling for health promotion and assess its outcomes.
*Source: Council on Chiropractic Education. Standards for Doctor of Chiropractic Programs and Requirements for Institutional Status, p.46-48 [8].