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This explanatory sequential mixed methods study investigated patient satisfaction and explored perspectives in patients with lumbar radiculopathy included in a standardised chiropractic care package. The 238 patients who completed the questionnaire were highly satisfied with the chiropractor's examination, information and overall management. Patients valued a thorough examination and a focus on communication and information about symptoms and prognosis, and that expectations about the content and effectiveness of treatment were met.
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Chiropractic & Manual Therapies volume 30, Article number: 42 (2022) Read the full article here
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Chiropractic & Manual Therapies publishes manuscripts on all aspects of evidence-based information that is clinically relevant to chiropractors, manual therapists and related health care professionals.
Chiropractic & Manual Therapies is an open access journal that aims to provide chiropractors, manual therapists and related health professionals with clinically relevant, evidence-based information. Chiropractic and other manual therapies share a relatively broad diagnostic practice and treatment scope, emphasizing the structure and function of the body's musculoskeletal framework (especially the spine). The practices of chiropractic and manual therapies are closely associated with treatments including manipulation, which is a key intervention. The range of services provided can also include massage, mobilisation, physical therapies, dry needling, lifestyle and dietary counselling, plus a variety of other associated therapeutic and rehabilitation approaches.
Chiropractic & Manual Therapies continues to serve as a critical resource in this field, and as an open access publication, is more readily available to practitioners, researchers and clinicians worldwide.
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Chiropractic Australia, formerly known as Chiropractic & Osteopathic College of Australasia (COCA), is a not-for-profit, member-based organisation established to promote safe, ethical and effective chiropractic care and to provide high quality vocational and political advocacy for its members. Chiropractic Australia seeks to promote evidence based chiropractic care and inter-professional cooperation in order to improve community health through high quality, patient-focused care.
The European Academy of Chiropractic (EAC) has as its purpose to act as the academic arm of its parent organisation the European Chiropractors Union (ECU). It is responsible for the academic promotion of the chiropractic profession in Europe and liaison with other academic institutions approved by the EAC.
The Chiropractic Knowledge Hub has as its declared vision to be a leading centre for research, knowledge dissemination and quality development in the chiropractic profession. We work to raise the quality of chiropractic and clinical biomechanics internationally through innovative and original research, through partnerships and networks, and through our focus on interaction and dialogue between research and the chiropractic practice.
The Royal College of Chiropractors (UK) is an academic organisation with the following objectives: to promote the art, science and practice of chiropractic; to improve and maintain standards in the practice of chiropractic for the benefit of the public; to promote awareness and understanding of chiropractic amongst medical practitioners and other healthcare professionals and the public; to educate and train practitioners in the art, science and practice of chiropractic; and to advance the study of and research in chiropractic.
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.
Research is critical to the further development of the chiropractic profession, and the profession is gradually improving its research activity and publication output. This increased activity and improved research culture is to the benefit of the patients who seek care from chiropractors around the world. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies plays an important part of this process, publishing open access high quality research that is ready transferable to clinical practice. It is my privilege to serve the profession in this role, as a member of the Editorial Team.
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.
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 Deputy Editor for Chiropractic & Manual Therapies.
Research provides us an opportunity to be systematically curious. In my opinion it is a responsibility for all health professions to ask questions that challenge our thinking and continue to explore and explain how things work and why, and what can we do better to meet the needs of the patients and communities we serve. It is an honor to be part of the editorial team at Chiropractic & Manual Therapies which offers a unique platform for advancing evidence informed practice that can make meaningful impacts to societal health and wellbeing.
Roni Evans, Associate Editor University of Minnesota, USA
All health care professions need to describe their practice, challenge the things they believe work, and test new ideas and innovations. Chiropractors and related health care providers need access to high quality research addressing such aspects of relevance to their clinical practice. As Associate Editor, I am happy to help facilitating the publication of evidence within this field and to guide researchers from a relatively young field of research in this process.
Continuous health care quality improvement inspires us to constantly ask patient-centred questions; measure and interpret health information; share and implement our findings; and remain open to change and evolution as a modern health care profession. As an Associate Editor of Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, it is an honour to contribute to the growth and development of evidence and a strong research culture within chiropractic and other manual medicine professions.
Cesar Hincapié, Associate Editor University of Zurich and Balgrist University Hospital, Switzerland
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.
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