Chiropractors in British Columbia and other Canadian provinces strive for the ongoing improvement of healthcare access, delivery and outcomes through the support of quality research and advocacy efforts. The profession continues to make a significant investment in furthering research and care.
Injury statistics continue to highlight the health and cost effectiveness and safety of chiropractic care. Studies indicate that patients:
- Receive more timely care and experience high satisfaction
Are less likely to become chronic or reoccur
Return to work faster
Have less reliance on pharmaceuticals
The British Columbia Chiropractic Association is also actively engaged in conversations and partnerships with many stakeholder groups including the provincial government and insurance providers. The goal is to influence policy that expands access, alleviates wait and reduces costs to patients and practitioners.
There is a growing body of research on the prevalence and impact of MSK conditions, the efficacy of chiropractic with respect to managing these conditions, and how a range of providers working together is a key part of high quality patient-centred care. Additionally, an increasing number of reputable clinical practice guidelines are being produced to help guide providers in providing this care. The references and resources included here provide an overview of some of the most up-to-date and relevant research available on these topics:
Clinical Practice Guidelines
Available through the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative, Clinical Practice Guidelines provide quality evidence of the effectiveness of chiropractic for various musculoskeletal-related issues, included low back pain, neck pain, and headaches.
The CCGI, supported by professional chiropractic organizations in Canada provides useful resources on recommendations and guidelines for best practice. Visit CCGI for up-to-date information on current guidelines, as well as tools and resources for patients and clinicians, including webinars, videos, research news and much more.