Moving Chiropractic Forward:
An Interview with Bill Meeker, D.C., M.P.H.
This interview with Dan Redwood, D.C. starts: “Since being named in 1998 to head the Consortial Center for Chiropractic Research (CCCR), Bill Meeker has been at the center of a burgeoning chiropractic research effort. Supported by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), CCCR is a joint endeavor that currently includes six chiropractic colleges and three state-supported universities. Its essential mission is twofold: to support high quality research projects and to create a sustainable chiropractic research infrastructure.”
Palmer Awarded Federal Contract to Set Chiropractic Research Agenda
Palmer College of Chiropractic has landed a contract with the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) titled, "A National Workshop to Develop the Chiropractic Research Agenda." The project involves the creation of a interdisciplinary panel to recommend priorities for chiropractic research. The evaluation of chiropractic procedures through research is generally considered a key factor in determining to what extent chiropractic will be used in mainstream health care.
Panelists Named to "National Workshop to Develop the Chiropractic Research Agenda"
After a lengthy and exhaustive nomination process, a group of 35 individuals have been selected as panelists for the "National Workshop to Develop the Chiropractic Research Agenda." The project is being conducted by the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research under a contract awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Professions.
A Chiropractic Research Agenda
There has been quite of bit of talk lately about the project entitled, "A National Workshop to Set the Chiropractic Research Agenda." Not all of it has been accurate, and so I am using this opportunity to explain some of the background, the process, and what I hope will be the ultimate outcome. The purpose of the project is to conduct a meeting to arrive at a consensus of experts about chiropractic research topics and their priorities. Five general areas for chiropractic research will be explored. They are: outcomes research, clinical research, educational research, health services research, and educational research. The results of the deliberations will be published in the refereed scientific literature where they can be easily retrieved and used.
Reflections on the Creation of a Research Agenda for
In July, a workshop was held to develop a research agenda for chiropractic. Interestingly, the effort was initiated by the federal government with a contract to Palmer College of Chiropractic. The amount of money involved was not large, but apparently, it was enough to cause an event like this to happen, something that should have happened in chiropractic many years ago. We should all reflect on this, because it is indicative of the leadership gridlock that has historically affected the development of new knowledge in chiropractic. The dearth of defensible information about chiropractic and chiropractors is still hampering our external ability to integrate successfully with the rest of the so-called health industry.
Progress in Chiropractic Research
Financed by the Bureau of Health Professions of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, the second National Conference to Establish the Chiropractic Research Agenda was held in June in Alexandria, Virginia. This time, 70 participants from over 15 disciplines worked to create "concept proposals," which are essentially the blueprints for specific research projects.
Chiropractic Research Garners More Federal Dollars
The HRSA has awarded a second million dollar grant to Western States to assess both chiropractic and medical treatment of low back pain. The HRSA has awarded a $816,000 grant (over three years) to LACC for a study that will assess the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of spinal manipulation vs. spinal mobilization, heat therapy, and electrical muscle stimulation for treating neck pain. Pain reduction, functional improvement, and patient satisfaction will be assessed. As we go to press, the information coming out of National College concerning their HRSA grant is sparse. We can tell you that it is $431,000 grant, and that the study will compare the flexion-distraction technique vs. medical care for low back pain.