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Is there a need for evidence-based chiropractic?

The answer is a resounding “Yes.”

As the volume of valid evidence expands, so does the need for each chiropractor to develop the expertise necessary to appraise and apply the best evidence in order to achieve the best possible outcomes. Yet, it is extremely difficult for a busy chiropractor without specialized research training to deal with the responsibilities of patient care as well as the monumental challenge of staying up-to-date with rapidly changing clinical information.

Our patients, payers and colleagues expect us to be experts who know how to assess scientific health care literature and take appropriate action based on the latest research findings. We have an obligation to educate ourselves in order to meet this expectation.

The Institute of Evidence-Based Chiropractic offers three paths that meet the increasing demand for practicing evidence-based chiropractic.

  1. Fast-paced interactive learning program (Trust Us -- It Works!).
  2. Evidence-based review journal (Direction of the Evidence).
  3. Evidence-based chiropractic practice management (RJF Consulting).

Each of these approaches will empower you to apply clinically important information that will benefit patients on a daily basis. The bottom line is that practicing evidence-based chiropractic will maximize your professional value by enhancing your ability to make evidence-based decisions in your practice. For a more detailed discussion of this topic, please read our article Chiropractic Patients Approve of This Message, reproduced here as a PDF document (use Acrobat Reader).

If chiropractic is to flourish, we must embrace the responsibilities of an evolved profession. But how does a transformation occur within such a large and diverse group? Click here to read three options as presented by Dr. Keith Simpson. We support the path of evidence-based chiropractic. What path do you support?

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