In the past few years, a consensus document1 based on themes from the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Education meeting in 2014 was adopted by the majority of Chiropractic teaching institutions worldwide. This statement outlined goals for chiropractic education relating to clinical and professional practice. Specifically, the chiropractic graduate should be equipped with the tools to:
- Providean evidence based approach to care,
- Understandwhat constitutes professional practice,
- Deliverprimary prevention strategies,
- Developa chiropractic identity that does not include the vitalistic construct,
- Becognisant of practice styles that contribute to inappropriate patient
The Chiropractic Board of Australia has developed a Code of Conduct for Chiropractors in Australia. The Code outlines the expected standards of care to be provided by registered chiropractors in Australia.
- Elaborate on each of the points numbered 2a, 2b, 2c, 5, and 7 from the positionstatement in context of what this will mean for the management of patients under your care. Provide examples/scenarios to support your elaboration.
- Make brief comments on how the practice style outlined in the position statement complies or does not comply with the Chiropractors Code of Conduct document produced by the Chiropractic Board of Australia March 2014.
- Whatwill be the impact on Chiropractic identity (if at all) as the profession transitions from more traditional models of care (e.g. vitalism) towards evidence informed models of care (e.g. biopsychosocial models of care)?
- Inyour response, you may consider a selection of articles relating to Chiropractic identity.