Chiropractic Integration with Primary Healthcare Teams
Part of Dr. Passmore’s research investigates the impact of including chiropractic care within interdisciplinary health teams. In 2011, he began collecting chiropractic patient data at Mount Carmel Clinic (MCC) – a non-profit, inner-city community health centre that serves the area with the highest unemployment rate and lowest average family income in Winnipeg. MCC patients can be referred to the chiropractic clinic by the primary care team, including both nurse practitioners and family physicians.
Through the MCC Chiropractic program data, Dr. Passmore found that in 154 out of 161 cases (96%), patients did not warrant referral to another healthcare provider upon completion of their chiropractic care. Additionally, 82% of patients said that their initial chiropractic visit saved them from making another visit to their primary care physician.
“My quality of life was a three out of ten before seeing the chiropractor. Now it’s at a nine out of ten. As far as I can see, it’s a 100% improvement in my back pain!” – Corbett Ducharme, low back pain, MCC patient