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Patient-Centred Practices

  1. Chiropractic care has been shown to be effective for a range of neuromusculoskeletal conditions for which there is credible research evidence. Communication of the benefits of care should be based on the best available literature and/or reasonable clinical experience.
  2. The communication of a diagnosis following a comprehensive patient assessment is a fundamental element of clinical excellence.
  3. The provision of a treatment plan with clear markers for evaluation of patient progress and improvement is essential to patient-centred care.
  4. The provision of care should be preceded by a discussion of the benefits and risks of the proposed treatment. Patient consent should be documented in the patient’s file.
  5. Ongoing treatment of a patient should be based on clinical findings and consideration of objective and subjective improvement. Re-evaluation of the need for care at regular intervals is essential. The absence of re-assessment renders long-term projections of care as conjecture.
  6. Referral to or consultation with an appropriate health care provider is warranted when there is a lack of clinical improvement or a diagnosis for which chiropractic care is not indicated.
  7. Patient care should not be contingent on conditions such as, but not limited to, requiring pre-payment, tying delivery of treatment to participation in a clinic activity, or requiring other family members to attend the clinic for treatment.
  8. Privacy is a right of all patients. Options for privacy must be made available to all patients and the privacy of patients must be respected and accommodated at all times.

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.

June 2008

 

*Please note that this position statement is currently being updated or under review. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@chiropractic.ca.

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