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Dynamic Chiropractic – September 15, 2015, Vol. 33, Issue 18

What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?

PCCR fundraising campaign is underway – are you in?

By Editorial Staff

The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.

According to Dr. Christine Goertz, vice chancellor for research & health policy at Palmer College, "We are hoping to raise $400K a year for chiropractic research by asking 20,000 DCs to contribute $20 (per year) towards our research efforts."

The PCCR will utilize funds from the "20 for 20 in 20" initiative, which kicked off on Aug. 13, for key research efforts such as the following:

  • "Initiate pilot studies in new areas of research that could lead to federal funding opportunities, such as studies on chiropractic for headaches in adolescents;
  • Conduct research on how to improve access to chiropractic care within patient centered medical homes and accountable care organizations;
  • Study the cost-effectiveness of chiropractic care in a rigorous manner;
  • Provide training grants to help chiropractic students and professionals to become skilled chiropractic researchers;
  • Develop studies focusing on chiropractic co-management for conditions for which antibiotics are no longer considered the first line of defense, such as chiropractic / pediatric co-management of otitis media in children, or chiropractic / primary care co-management of chronic bronchitis."

"When I graduated from chiropractic college 25 years ago, people would often ask 'How does chiropractic work?'" said Dr. Goertz. "Ten years later, they were more commonly asking, 'How well does it work?' and 'How much does it cost?' Now the question I hear most often is, 'How do we find a good chiropractor?' Research is providing evidence that chiropractic is safe, effective and relatively low-cost, which is exactly the kind of care that patients want, and deserve to receive."

"Chiropractic research informs the education of our students and care of our patients," added Palmer Chancellor Dr. Dennis M. Marchiori."It opens policy doors and strengthens our profession. Innovative research and collaboration is essential to the future of chiropractic. We celebrate Palmer's significant contribution to chiropractic research and are committed to an even greater impact in the future."

For more information about the "20 for 20 in 20" initiative, including a video featuring Dr. Goertz and some of your chiropractic colleagues who have already pledged support for the campaign, click here.

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