Something You Probably Haven’t Been Told About Chiropractic Education

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
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This week’s blog is to help spotlight the advanced capabilities of chiropractic students. Also, there are some in the medical field that would scoff at the idea of a chiropractor being in the role of a primary care provider. The idea may not be as far-fetched as they might have you believe or believe themselves.

Let us consider some things. With the passage of the Affordable Healthcare Act, there is sure to be a shortage of healthcare providers sometime in the future. Also, due to the new healthcare law, many in the medical field are choosing to retire early and get out of the game completely. One can also take into consideration the rise in popularity of alternative healthcare options. Considering all factors at hand, it is my argument that the chiropractic profession has the ability to step up its game and help fill the gaps that may eventually be left by the new law.

This research paper suggests that there would be little work left to do in regards to getting chiropractic students up to speed in order for them to fulfill the primary care role.

With that being said, on to the research.

Why they did it

The authors stated research goal was to take a closer look at chiropractic education and chiropractic students’ knowledge of primary care tasks in comparison to their counterparts in the medical schools.

How they did it

  • Three samples of chiropractic student were used versus one sample of medical students.
  • They were given tests regarding the knowledge of primary care tasks
  • The tests were given to final term chiropractic students as well as medical students that were entering their residency programs

What they found

  • The chiropractic students scored below the medical students on the exam in every area except for the musculoskeletal conditions.
  • The chiropractors scored higher than the medical students on the musculoskeletal portion.

Wrap it up

In this paper, while medical students did score better in all aspects other than the musculoskeletal portion, it is to be noted that the chiropractic students performed almost as well. Basically, if medical school is what we measure primary care education by, then the fact that chiropractic students scored almost as well as the medical students is worth spotlighting, recognizing, realizing, and discussing.

Once again, if the chiropractic profession raises its game a touch, filling the role of primary practitioner is certainly not out of the question sometime in the future.

Now, it’s not just a notion or a guess. It’s been researched.

Sandefur R, et. al. “Assessment of knowledge of primary care activities in a sample of medical and chiropractic students.” J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2005 Jun;28(5):336-44.

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Till next time……

The Amarillo Chiropractor Blog is written by Dr. Jeff Williams.
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