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Study: Outcomes Measurements in Chiropractic Care

, March 21, 2014

Vivi-Ann FischerHello from sunny Orlando! Tabatha Erck and I are here at ACC-RAC, the Association of Chiropractic Colleges Research Agenda Conference. We are honored to be presenting a poster unveiling a recent ChiroCare study, “Use of Outcomes Measurements in Chiropractic Care.”

You’ll be hearing more about this study and how it’s guiding ChiroCare in establishing Chiropractic Centers for Excellence, but today we wanted to give you a sneak peek of what we’re talking about at the conference.

Doctors of chiropractic can effectively serve as the first-line of treatment for back and neck pain, which is why we aim to establish the Chiropractic Centers for Excellence, where DCs will act as portals of entry to assess, treat and coordinate adult non-specified low back pain. Before launching the Centers, we needed to validate that:

  • Chiropractors use outcome tools and can successfully obtain at least initial and discharge pain scores on a majority of their patients.
  • Chiropractors have the ability to successfully and consistently communicate the results to another organization.
  • We also needed to identify effective strategies that improve the quality and value of care.

To address these factors, we secured the participation of 55 DCs with high patient volumes. These caregivers agreed to use iPads to collect patient pain data throughout their treatment. Our assumption was that using iPad technology would simplify data collection. The results clearly showed pain improvement in patients. They also showed that the data collection method was not optimal.

Additional studies using simpler, streamlined tools and processes are therefore needed before the Centers for Excellence can proceed. Further study also is needed to create a protocol for chiropractic treatment as the first line treatment for patients with back and neck pain, regardless of where treatment is initiated.

If you’re intrigued by this high level summary of our research and were unable to attend ACC-RAC, I invite you to learn more by downloading a copy of the ChiroCare white paper that describes the study in detail.