Published on: 10 October 2016
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There is a growing desire within the chiropractic profession to expand the scope of practice to include limited medication prescription rights for the treatment of spine-related and other musculoskeletal conditions. Such prescribing rights have been successfully incorporated into a number of chiropractic jurisdictions worldwide. If limited to a musculoskeletal scope, medication prescription rights have the potential to change the present role of chiropractors within the healthcare system. This article explores the arguments in favour of and against limited medication prescription rights for chiropractors and discusses the implications of such privileges for the profession.
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It is likely that our field of interest will change considerably in the next 20 years because of research. We can no longer just say about our therapies that 'It works', as this begs the questions 'by how much and compared to what'. Similarly, diagnostic tests need to be refined or abandoned in the light of new evidence. Our journal will continue to publish sound science on these and other related topics to help inform clinical practice.
The chiropractic profession does not have a strong track record of research activity and publication relative to many other healthcare professions. I am pleased to be able to improve this situation in my role as Deputy Editor of Chiropractic & Manual Therapies. An important role of our editorial team is to mentor prospective new authors and coach them through the publication process. In this and other roles, we work hard as an editorial team to ensure the research we publish in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies is of the highest quality and readily transferable to clinical practice.
I am convinced that the way forward for the chiropractic profession is through research. As all other professions in modern health care, we need to systematically scrutinise our theories, methods and results. It is a privilege to be part of the editorial process of a journal dedicated to publishing high quality research that will lead chiropractic and other manual therapies in this direction.
Clinical decision making is all about presenting the best choices to patients. High-quality, patient-oriented evidence serves as the foundation of this important process. However, there are many areas within the discipline of rehabilitation where our knowledge and practices are suboptimal. It will be the role of research to fill these gaps in knowledge and inform our future practices. I am excited by the new discoveries that will take place in the years to come and am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this process as an Associate Editor for Chiropractic & Manual Therapies.
I believe it is important for chiropractic to have a functioning journal of high quality and impact, as this is a recognised way to assure other professions of the serious intent to pursue scientific endeavour into the manual therapy profession. As an important adjunct to this, I believe the profession needs to use the information provided and evolve into a fully recognised and respected provider. I hope my unique background gives me an insight that can be useful in the role of Associate Editor of Chiropractic & Manual Therapies.
Editing the journal gives me an opportunity to help our profession expand our knowledge base in a way that is open to the world to see - I was actually investigating starting an open access journal with BioMed Central because I see access to the literature as one of the limitations to the use of evidence based practice in our profession.