Leadership and Capacity Building in International Chiropractic Research: Introducing the Chiropractic Academy for Research Leadership (CARL)

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SOURCE:   Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2018 (Feb 6); 26: 5

Jon Adams, Greg Kawchuk, Alexander Breen, Diana De Carvalho, Andreas Eklund, Matthew Fernandez, Martha Funabashi, Michelle M. Holmes, Melker S. Johansson, Katie de Luca, Craig Moore, Isabelle Pagé, Katherine A. Pohlman, Michael S. Swain, Arnold Y. L. Wong, and Jan Hartvigsen

Faculty of Health,
University of Technology Sydney,
Sydney, Australia.


In an evidence-based health care environment, healthcare professions require a sustainable research culture to remain relevant. At present however, there is not a mature research culture across the chiropractic profession largely due to deficiencies in research capacity and leadership, which may be caused by a lack of chiropractic teaching programs in major universities. As a response to this challenge the Chiropractic Academy for Research Leadership, CARL, was created with the aim of develop a global network of successful early-career chiropractic researchers under the mentorship of three successful senior academics from Australia, Canada, and Denmark. The program centres upon an annual week-long program residential that rotates continental locations over the first three-year cycle and between residentials the CARL fellows work on self-initiated research and leadership initiatives.

Through a competivite application process, the first cohort was selected and consists of 13 early career researchers from five professions in seven countries who represent diverse areas of interests of high relevance for chiropractic. The first residential was held in Odense, Denmark, with the second being planned in April 2018 in Edmonton, Canada, and the final residential to be held in Sydney, Australia in 2019.

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KEYWORDS:   Chiropractic; Evidence; Leadership; Research


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Background

Health care professions require a sustainable research culture to underpin practice and justify effective, safe coordination and integration of care within the wider health care system. [1] Despite numerous calls for more research [2–7], at present, a mature research culture across the chiropractic profession remains elusive, largely due to deficiencies in research capacity and leadership. [8] The interrelated tasks of building research capacity and facilitating research leadership in chiropractic are especially pertinent given some parts of chiropractic’s contemporary focus on evidence-based health care. [9] Futhermore, it is pertinent as a core foundation to produce a sound evidence base relevant to appropriate practice and policy decision-making. [10] Building research capacity and facilitating research leadership can also have significant positive effects to advance a broader leadership capability and a wider professional development of chiropractic beyond the research realm. [8]

Given the need to develop research capacity and leadership within chiropractic, a group of senior health researchers (Adams, Hartvigsen and Kawchuk) having research interests of relevance to chiropractic, have planned and founded the world-first international chiropractic research leadership initiative – the Chiropractic Academy of Research Leadership (CARL).


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