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Interprofessional Collaboration

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 (MSK) experts, are uniquely positioned to help strengthen the healthcare team by managing patients with underlying MSK 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 MSK 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 MSK conditions, this collaborative approach should include chiropractic as an important conservative care option prior to considering medication or invasive interventions.

The CCA is the national, voluntary association that represents Canada’s almost 9,000 licensed doctors of chiropractic. As MSK experts, chiropractors provide the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and preventative care of biomechanical disorders originating from the muscular, skeletal and nervous systems. Approximately 4.5 million Canadians use the services of a chiropractor each year. The CCA advocates on behalf of its members and their patients to advance the quality and accessibility of chiropractic care in Canada, and to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the healthcare system.

August 30, 2018

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