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Improving Interprofessional Communication

Part of the Evidence in Action series by Palmer College of Chiropractic

The public primarily perceives the chiropractic profession as a healthcare discipline involved with the management of spine-related pain and disability. Unfortunately, the current state of spine care in the United States is dominated by specialists, who tend to function in isolation, with minimal communication between providers. While this may have been the way it has been in the past, we feel it doesn’t have to--and shouldn’t--stay this way. Regardless of the practice setting, we believe all DCs have opportunities to improve patient care by adopting a more interprofessional approach to care.

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On Leadership: Lighting the Way for the Future with Grilled Cheese, Candles and Beer

Anticipation for the McAndrews Leadership Lecture at this year’s National Chiropractic Leadership Conference (NCLC 2018) was heightened by the mystery surrounding the title of the talk – “Grilled Cheese, Candles and Beer”—and what it could possibly have to do with leadership. Presenter Stephen M. Perle, DC, MS, a respected author, journal editor, lecturer and professor of clinical sciences at the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic, not only served some valuable lessons based on his personal experiences and observations on leading “from the middle,” in the end he gave all gathered plenty to chew on.

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Evidence-based Diagnosis for Low Back Pain

Health professionals from different disciplines use diverse diagnostic methods to inform clinical management for patients with low back pain. One person may diagnose someone as suffering from sacroiliac joint pain while another might classify the same patient with a movement disorder caused by poor muscle coordination. In a given circumstance, either or both individuals could be right or wrong. However, we can’t realistically discern this until we understand the underlying strength of the diagnostic tests we use.

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10 Tips for Building Professional Relationships

Part of a series on the chiropractic residency program in the VA health care system

Whether your desire is to work in private practice or in an integrated setting such as a hospital, working with other health care providers is critical in the management of patient health and wellness. No one professional has all the answers and no one type of treatment will work for all people. Therefore, building professional relationships will help you to create a network for referral and to receive insight or feedback on specific patient conditions.  The following 10 tips will outline ways to cultivate these relationships, gain the trust of other providers and secure your place in the community health system.

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Q&A with NCLC Presenters: Dr. Jerrold Simon

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1.6 to 3.8 million concussions occur in sports and recreational activities annually. While these figures are immense, research indicates they do not represent the total scope of the problem as many people suffering from mild or moderate traumatic brain injury (mTBI) do not seek help. Jerrold Simon, DC, president of the ACA Rehab Council, says there are new tests that can be valuable to chiropractors who treat athletes at risk of concussions.
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Q&A with NCLC Presenters: Dr. Austin McMillin

Dr. McMillin's initial and ongoing interest in rehab and active care for the spine is centered on enhancing the basic chiropractic care he can provide to patients and more effectively managing a broader range of musculoskeletal conditions. "It’s my opinion that the chiropractic profession should be leading the way in improving functional musculoskeletal care, especially as it relates to the spine in central body fitness," he writes. "New, evidenced-based approaches in rehab and active care for the spine and central body fit perfectly within chiropractic practice. They also help raise the bar in musculoskeletal care. They allow for better care continuum for patients and provide another level of connection to natural health care and wellness."

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‘Spring Training’ for Baseball’s Chiropractors: 4th Annual PBCS Seminar and Workshop

The 4th annual Professional Baseball Chiropractic Society (PBCS) Seminar and Workshop took place on Jan. 19-20.  It was held at the beautiful spring training home of the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers in Surprise, Ariz. This was the third consecutive year that the PBCS Seminar and Workshop was hosted at a Major League Baseball (MLB) spring training facility.  Thirty-four team chiropractors were in attendance from the MLB and Minor League Baseball (MiLB), representing a total of 18 MLB organizations. 

Author: Rick Bishop
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Q&A with NCLC Presenters: Dr. Joel Kreisberg

If you are looking for ways to diversify your practice or to distinguish yourself from other integrative practitioners, health coaching skills offer a unique advantage, according to Joel Kreisberg, DC, PCC, a presenter at NCLC 2018. If you are interested in innovative care models and increasing your satisfaction with work, health coaching provides an opportunity for both. You do not have to give up any of what you are doing already; just shift to a relationship-centered care model, which facilitates growth and healing for patients and practitioners. 

 

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My Rotation Through a VA Pain Medicine Clinic

Part of a series on the chiropractic residency program in the VA health care system

Some of the most valuable knowledge you gain in the Veterans Affairs (VA) chiropractic residency program comes from rotating in other specialties. Within the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, Stephanie Halloran, DC, rotates at both the West Haven and Newington locations. Thus far, she has spent time in rheumatology, physiatry, women’s clinic (primary care), neurology, pain medicine and the interventional pain clinic. Although she says each rotation has contributed greatly to her clinical acumen, in this post she primarily focuses on what she learned in pain medicine.

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NCLC General Session: Essential Role of Chiropractors in Primary Care

Speaker Margaret Flinter, PhD, APRN, to share insights into how chiropractors make an impact at community health centers.

Margaret Flinter recalls how she and colleague James Lehman, DC, together realized the significant impact chiropractors could make in the community health setting: "As the epidemic of opioid use and addiction took hold in our state and country, we grappled with the need to study, identify and implement new ways to approach pain in its acute and chronic forms. We [began] to consider whether the formal integration of chiropractors in primary careparticularly in what we call 

'safety net settings' such as community health centers that serve 24 million people across the countrywould be an effective and perhaps transformative strategy. And it has been." 

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