Diagnostic Imaging Guidelines for the Chiropractic Profession: A Worldwide Consultation on the Web

xray.gif  I just received a notice from The Week in Chiropractic (a weekly e-mailed newsletter from the FCER, Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research) about imaging guidelines for chiropractic. Read all about this Web-based consultation, below.  See also Practice Guidelines

Between August 1st and October 31st, 2006, a Web site will be made available for chiropractors to evaluate new imaging guidelines on neuromusculoskeletal disorders in adults. Participants will be asked to provide comments and suggestions regarding various characteristics of the proposed imaging guidelines. Specific characteristics include ease of use; feasibility and desire of implementing these guidelines in practice; how comprehensive are each of the recommendations; corresponding comments . . .

There is an urgent need throughout the health care professions to develop practice guidelines. The purpose of this project is to develop evidence-based diagnostic imaging practice guidelines for neuromusculoskeletal disorders for use by chiropractors. The project consists of eight phases, four of which have already been completed. Based on an exhaustive literature review, and in collaboration with a staff chiropractic radiologist, a first draft of diagnostic imaging practice guidelines for chiropractic was produced and then sent for a first external review (phase 3). A group of over 70 international experts on the topic of neuromusculoskeletal disorders have evaluated the proposed guidelines to provide recommendations by consensus opinion (phase 4). The expert consensus guidelines will then be forwarded to various chiropractic specialties for further external review and consideration (phase 5). Simultaneously, a ‘’public’’ website will be made available for worldwide chiropractors to consider the Delphi expert consensus guidelines (phase 6). Upon completion of the second external review and after receiving comments by field practitioners about the ‘’public’’ website, the suggestions and comments will be considered by the executive committee and incorporated into the document for the Delphi expert panel to review (phase 7). The executive committee will then draft the final version of the guidelines based on consensus opinion. Phase 8 of this project will involve the dissemination and implementation of the international consensus opinion guidelines.

Diagnostic imaging practice guidelines are intended to reduce unnecessary radiation exposure, increase examination precision and decrease health care costs–all without compromising the quality of care.

André E. Bussières, DC, FCCS (C), BSc (Professor, Chiropractic Department, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières)
Cynthia Peterson DC, RN, M.Med.Ed, DACBR, (Professor, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College)
John A. M. Taylor DC, DACBR (Professor of Radiology, New York Chiropractic College)

Correspondence: Bussières, André, Département Chiropratique, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), C.P. 500, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada G9A 5H7. andre.bussieres@uqtr.ca