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Call for papers: What is chiropractic?

Edited by: Prof Jan Hartvigsen and Prof Simon French.

Chiropractic & Manual Therapies invites you to submit to our new thematic series: What is chiropractic?

Chiropractors practice in more than 100 countries in all parts of the world. In some countries chiropractors provide a substantial portion of care for patients with many health conditions, but most commonly for the care of people with low back and neck pain. The way the chiropractic profession is placed in different countries is dependent on historical and cultural differences, where in some countries the chiropractic profession is considered an independent, complementary and alternative medicine profession, to a position where the chiropractic profession is considered a fully integrated and mainstream healthcare profession. Thus the identity of chiropractors and the practice of chiropractic remains a matter of debate in many countries both within the chiropractic profession and outside of it. This thematic series of Chiropractic & Manual Therapies will address the overarching question “What is chiropractic?”, and will provide an overview of current state of the chiropractic profession from a global perspective.

Individual articles will address fundamental issues about the chiropractic profession, including descriptions of: how the profession is placed in different countries and settings; the history of the profession in some countries; chiropractic education around the world; the profile of patients who seek chiropractic care; the type of care chiropractors provide; outcomes of chiropractic care; and other aspects of chiropractors, their practice, evidence base, and chiropractic care. 

  1. Content type: Review

    The use of routine spinal X-rays within chiropractic has a contentious history. Elements of the profession advocate for the need for routine spinal X-rays to improve patient management, whereas other chiroprac...

    Authors: Hazel J Jenkins, Aron S Downie, Craig S Moore and Simon D French

    Citation: Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2018 26:48

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  2. Content type: Research

    Chiropractic programs are accredited and monitored by regional Councils on Chiropractic Education (CCE). The CCE-International has historically been a federation of regional CCEs charged with harmonising world...

    Authors: Stanley I. Innes, Charlotte Leboeuf-Yde and Bruce F. Walker

    Citation: Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2018 26:25

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  3. Content type: Research

    The subluxation construct generates debate within and outside the profession. The International Chiropractic Education Collaboration, comprised of 10 chiropractic programs outside of North America, stated they...

    Authors: Matthew F. Funk, Aric J. Frisina-Deyo, Timothy A. Mirtz and Stephen M. Perle

    Citation: Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2018 26:24

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  4. Content type: Research

    While chiropractors are integrating into multidisciplinary settings with increasing frequency, the perceptions of medical providers and patients toward adding chiropractors to existing healthcare teams is not ...

    Authors: Stacie A. Salsbury, Robert D. Vining, Donna Gosselin and Christine M. Goertz

    Citation: Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2018 26:29

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  5. Content type: Research

    Despite extensive publication of clinical guidelines on how to manage musculoskeletal pain and back pain in particular, these efforts have not significantly translated into decreases in work disability due to ...

    Authors: Mette Jensen Stochkendahl, Ole Kristoffer Larsen, Casper Glissmann Nim, Iben Axén, Julia Haraldsson, Ole Christian Kvammen and Corrie Myburgh

    Citation: Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2018 26:15

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  6. Content type: Research

    Little is known about the physical and psychosocial work environment of chiropractors and their work-related health complaints, and this has never been described for Danish chiropractors. The aim of this study...

    Authors: Mille Charlotte Hansen, Tine Aagaard, Henrik Wulff Christensen and Jan Hartvigsen

    Citation: Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2018 26:4

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  7. Content type: Commentary

    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 chiropracti...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2018 26:5

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  8. Content type: Review

    Previous research has investigated utilization rates, who sees chiropractors, for what reasons, and the type of care that chiropractors provide. However, these studies have not been comprehensively synthesized...

    Authors: Peter J. H. Beliveau, Jessica J. Wong, Deborah A. Sutton, Nir Ben Simon, André E. Bussières, Silvano A. Mior and Simon D. French

    Citation: Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2017 25:35

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  9. Content type: Debate

    While in some jurisdictions chiropractic is fully integrated in public and insurance funded health care systems, in others it is outside and considered as complementary or alternative health care. There is a p...

    Authors: Jan Hartvigsen and Simon French

    Citation: Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2017 25:30

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