An exploratory (pilot) non-randomised controlled trial examining chiropractic care within a therapeutic community in terms of student and patient-oriented outcomes
Amorin-Woods, L., Parkin-Smith, G., Cascioli, V. and Kennedy, D. (2012) An exploratory (pilot) non-randomised controlled trial examining chiropractic care within a therapeutic community in terms of student and patient-oriented outcomes. In: 2012 Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Conference: Making it Happen: Improving services through collaboration, 6 - 8 August 2012, Burswood Convention Centre, W.A.
Chiropractic is an emerging profession with an evolving role in musculoskeletal health, particularly regarding patient assessment and musculoskeletal care. Concurrently, the WA Department of Health is actively planning future services by exploring innovative ways to provide for the health care needs of the population, using the Health Networks as a vehicle. Of relevance is the Musculoskeletal Health Network that focuses on various musculoskeletal issues, like spinal pain and chronic disease, with a view to inform future healthcare planning and services. In line with the Musculoskeletal Health Network’s models of care, the chiropractic profession in WA is actively exploring pioneering roles with a view to contribute to the mainstream health care system and service provision. An example of this is the chiropractic care provided to residents at Palmerston Farm in Perth, a novel service to people affected by substance use, by supervised chiropractic Interns from Murdoch University. Although this type of community outreach is not original, this project represents a fresh, contemporary role for chiropractic to participate in mainstream healthcare services. The drug free approach to health care intrinsic to chiropractic constitutes an intuitive adjunct to the Palmerston ethos of recovery with empowerment.
This collaborative project examines the effect of experience on chiropractic Interns with respect to perceptions, learning outcomes and attitudes toward those in substance recovery, alongside the measurement of patient outcomes and satisfaction with care. The process of care provision is to be evaluated and implications for health service provision and impact on the wider community explored.
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