So, what is chiropractic?

Summary and reflections on a series of papers in Chiropractic and Manual Therapies

Jan Hartvigsen*, Simon D. French

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Abstract

This commentary brings the 2017-2019 thematic series What is Chiropractic? to a close. The 18 papers published in the series contribute to a better understanding of what chiropractic is, where chiropractors practice and function, who seeks their care, what chiropractors do, and how they interact with other healthcare professionals. Several papers in the series highlighted deeply rooted disagreements within chiropractic about fundamental issues pertaining to ideology, acceptance of scientific evidence as the basis for clinical practice and the future of chiropractic. If the chiropractic profession is to remain relevant in today's evidence-based healthcare environment, there is an urgent for the profession to undertake further research to describe what chiropractic is, what chiropractors do, and provide evidence for the value of these activities to patients and healthcare decision makers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4
Number of pages6
JournalChiropractic and Manual Therapies
Volume28
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2020

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Keywords

  • Chiropractic
  • Debate
  • Disability
  • Education
  • X-ray

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