A qualitative analysis of stakeholder perspectives on adding a chiropractor to the multidisciplinary rehabilitation team.
Chiropractors work alongside medical doctors, physical therapists, nurses, and other members of the healthcare team in growing numbers. We also provide patient care in diverse settings.
A study in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies explored the thoughts of patients, their families, and healthcare workers about adding a chiropractor to an in-patient hospital team. The patients were at a hospital for brain and spinal cord rehab.
Researchers talked with 60 people to learn more about what they wanted in the chiropractor who would join this team. The interviews were typed up, read carefully, and grouped into 13 main topics.
The results described a model of the preferred chiropractor for rehab settings (see figure below). A patient-centered approach was the key finding. Patients, families, and providers thought chiropractors should put the patient’s values, needs, and likes into a treatment plan, when possible. Chiropractors also should have a good knowledge base, use treatments that are known to work well and are safe, and offer comfort. Teamwork, openness to feedback, and aligning care with the hospital’s mission also were valued. To sum up, stakeholders saw an important role for chiropractors in rehab settings. However, there are specific traits that such chiropractors might need to include as part of their treatment approach.
Salsbury SA, Vining RD, Gosselin D, Goertz CM. Be good, communicate, and collaborate: a qualitative analysis of stakeholder perspectives on adding a chiropractor to the multidisciplinary rehabilitation team. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2018; 26:29. https://chiromt.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12998-018-0200-4