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Maintenance Care Research Project

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Wellness care, or “maintenance care,” is widely accepted by the profession as an integral part of chiropractic practice. However, to date, a cause-and-effect relationship between wellness care and improved long-term health outcomes has yet to be clearly demonstrated. This proposed study is designed to add to the evidence base about this important topic.

Purpose of this Study

The purpose of this study is to assess changes in Health-Related Quality of Life over a 12 month period for chiropractic patients who do, or do not participate in wellness care. It is being conducted in the offices of U.S. chiropractors who are members of the Integrated Chiropractic Outcomes Network (ICON).

For this study, we define chiropractic wellness care as a course of long-term care provided to a patient who is either asymptomatic or whose original presenting complaint has been resolved or stabilized, and is provided for the purpose of preventing disease, optimizing function, and supporting the patient’s wellness-related activities and/or minimizing recurrences of previous complaints.

Cheryl Hawk, DC, PhD, Michael Schneider, DC, PhD, Marion Willard Evans Jr., DC, PhD, MCHES, Daniel Redwood, DC
Consensus Process to Develop a Best-Practice Document on the Role of Chiropractic Care in Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, and Wellness

J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2012 (Sep); 35 (7): 556-567

Study Design

Baseline data are collected in practitioners’ offices; follow-up is conducted by the central office at Logan, by phone and email. Each doctor enrolls 5 consecutive new patients. New patients of any age are eligible! Data are collected at 4 points: first visit and 1, 6 and 12 months later. Outcomes are assessed primarily via questions from the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Patients are entered in a drawing for a $100 gift card when they complete the follow-up.

Would You Like to Join Our Study?

We have rolling enrollment so you can still join!

Simply email or call Program Coordinator
Michelle Anderson: or call her at: (636) 230-1946

Principal Investigator: Cheryl Hawk, DC, PhD
Coinvestigators: Katherine Pohlman, DC, MS, U of Alberta
Jay Greenstein, DC, CCSP, private practice
Program Coordinator: Michelle Anderson

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