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Interprofessional Collaboration

As legislated primary health care providers, Canada’s chiropractors are committed to ensuring that the most appropriate and cost-effective patient care is delivered by the best qualified health professional based on objective outcome and patient satisfaction measures.

The Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA) supports a collaborative approach to health care in the best interests of both patients and health care delivery efficiency. For example, where indicated, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. Where other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by addressing the neuromusculoskeletal aspects associated with the conditions. Chiropractic care may also be palliative, providing symptomatic relief to patients with chronic conditions. Where chiropractic care is not indicated, referral to another health professional is appropriate.

Sustaining and improving Canada’s health care system requires co-operation and collaboration among all health care professionals, governments, regulatory and professional bodies, and the patient public. The CCA advocates health system change designed to eliminate barriers to inter-professional collaboration and research, and supports an evidence-based, patient-centred and, where appropriate, an inter-disciplinary approach to care.

The Canadian Chiropractic Association represents the professional interests of Canada’s chiropractors. Chiropractic is a regulated health care profession recognized by statute in all Canadian provinces, and is one of the largest primary health care professions in Canada. The practice of chiropractic consists of the examination, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of spinal, joint and related neuromusculoskeletal disorders.

February 2005


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