FUTURE RESEARCH IMPACT: INTEGRATED HEALTHCARE TEAMS
Dr. Passmore’s research illustrates the successful integration of chiropractic care in a healthcare team.
Integrating chiropractic care into the MCC’s primary care team resulted in a lower incidence of ongoing referrals to other providers. It also increased the amount of time primary care providers could spend interacting with patients who were actually in need of their services.
Dr. Cancelliere thinks that chiropractors have great, unique potential to fill the growing gap in today’s MSK patient care. She believes that collaboration across the healthcare system, and other sectors, and practising according to the evidence are necessary for the chiropractic profession to bridge this gap. “People need to know what this profession has to offer and what we can do. That’s why consistency is important and that’s why we need to continue to demonstrate our care through evidence.”
The integration of chiropractic services within the MCC’s publicly-funded clinic reported these positive results:
- Providing a specialized service for referral by other healthcare providers
- Reducing pain in patients with acute and chronic spine or extremity pain (95% of participants experienced a reduction in pain)
- Providing a valued service to patients who would otherwise be unable to afford chiropractic care
“It’s been very helpful to have access to chiropractic care for people with both acute and chronic MSK complaints, especially having non-pharma options. Also, these clients sometimes have time and travel issues, so having the chiropractors in the same clinic really helps to serve this population.” – Dr. MacCauley, MD, Mount Carmel Clinic