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The Crisis in Chiropractic Education and Practice: A Review of History and Suggestions for Reform


Matthew McCoy DC, MPH Bio 


Journal of Philosophy, Principles & Practice of Chiropractic ~ Volume 2012 ~ Issue 1~ Pages 1-16 



Objective: To review the tumultuous history of chiropractic education, accreditation and scope of practice issues and provide suggestions for a dialogue as the profession deals with its current obstacles in these areas.


Methods: A review of the historical literature and current events was undertaken in the areas of chiropractic education, accreditation, legal issues and scope of practice.

Discussion: The chiropractic profession has been fractured since its inception on issues related to education, accreditation and scope of practice. The current crisis seems perched to forever change the nature of the profession no matter the outcome.    


Conclusion: In the current crisis, the chiropractic profession is presented with the opportunity to come to grips with its internal differences and come to a resolution that benefits all parties including patients, practitioners and students. Whether the profession will accept the challenge remains to be seen. 


Key Words:Chiropractic, education, accreditation, Council on Chiropractic Education, United States Department of Education, vertebral subluxation, primary care


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