The Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA) believes that patient-centred interprofessional collaboration is critical to improving the quality of healthcare for Canadians. Interprofessional collaboration “strengthens health systems and improves health outcomes.” Patient satisfaction, quality of care, and the cost of care delivery can also be enhanced through a collaborative patient-centred approach.
Interprofessional collaboration happens when two or more healthcare professionals across different disciplines work together to achieve common patient goals. Team-based collaborative care facilitates access to a diverse range of disciplines to address the needs of patients and improve their health outcomes. Chiropractors, as musculoskeletal experts, are uniquely positioned to help strengthen the healthcare team by managing patients with underlying musculoskeletal conditions. Chiropractors can provide primary methods of treatment or work collaboratively with other healthcare providers, while referring patients as needed.
Chiropractors offer their expertise of various musculoskeletal conditions, including pain, which is a key driver of costs and healthcare utilization in Canada. To appropriately manage pain, for example, a multi-modal, interprofessional approach is recommended. For musculoskeletal conditions, this collaborative approach should include chiropractic as an important conservative care option prior to considering medication or invasive interventions.