Evidence-Based Practice and Chiropractic
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Thursday, January 19, 2017 03:03 PM

News Bite:  The paper reported in this article seeks to present an objective interpretation of the literature reporting EBM or practice and to raise discussion points based on those findings which, if explored, may advance the chiropractic profession in both its academic and clinical activities.  It is hoped that the points raised in this discussion paper will be addressed and the chiropractic profession can continue to grow its areas of best practice, both clinical and academic.


Evidence-based medicine (EBM) was first conceptualized in mid-19th century Paris.  In 1996 Sackett et al defined EBM as the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients.  Since 1996, EBM has been adopted and included in most developed medical and healthcare curricula around the world.  There has been a suggestion the chiropractic profession should become more evidence-based.

A ‘soft-resistance’ to the concept of EBM is given as being a change in terminology to ‘evidence-influenced practice,’ and a hard resistance as being a claim that the best evidence is that based on practice experience and not research.  The paper reported in this article seeks to present an objective interpretation of the literature reporting EBM or practice and to raise discussion points based on those findings which, if explored, may advance the chiropractic profession in both its academic and clinical activities.  It is hoped that the points raised in this discussion paper will be addressed, either in writing and publication, or by symposia, and the chiropractic profession can continue to grow its areas of best practice, both clinical and academic.

Evidence based medicine is thought by some to have had its day. The concept of best practice seems embedded within chiropractic education. Whether they appreciate it or not, most chiropractors practice a rich form of evidence based practice into which they inject their experience as a chiropractor and the characteristics including preferences of the patient.

Read more of the proposed discussion.


Source:  http://chiro.org/wordpress/2017/01/discussion-paper-evidence-based-practice-and-chiropractic/