Canadian Armed Forces Initiative (CAF)

Implementation and Evaluation of Integrated Chiropractic Care into the Canadian Forces Health Service:

A Demonstration Project

Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions are common and have a negative impact on the health and operational readiness of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel. 

Photo: Canadian Forces Combat Camera, DND; IS01-2015-006-003

Purpose

The purpose of this demonstration project is to develop, implement and evaluate a model of collaborative chiropractic care for the management of MSK conditions among on Base CAF personnel.

 

Objectives

  •  Understand and develop models of collaborative chiropractic care which can be implemented within the existing Canadian Forces Health Services (CFHS) care delivery structure 

  • Implement a model of chiropractic care on a CAF Base within the existing team-based, patient-centered CFHS for the management of MSK conditions among CAF military personnel 

  • Evaluate administrative and clinical outcomes for the implemented model of chiropractic care 

Methods

A two-phase, mixed-methods research design will be employed. In phase I, we will examine how chiropractic services can be implemented within an interdisciplinary CFHS collaborative practice setting. Qualitative methodologies will be employed to explore:

  • How chiropractic services are currently assessed by CAF personnel 

  • Opportunities and challenges for inclusion of chiropractic services on CAF Bases 

The outcome will be a collaborative model of chiropractic care for the management of MSK conditions within the existing on Base care structures for the CFHS. 

 

In Phase II, we will implement the model of care. The clinical and administrative outcomes, including cost-effectiveness, associated with the integration of chiropractic care on a CAF Base will be assessed. 

 

Funding 

This project is funded by the Canadian Chiropractic Association and the Ontario Chiropractic Association. 

 

Significance

This study will establish the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of a collaborative model of chiropractic care on a CAF Base for the management of MSK conditions among CAF military personnel. ​

Photo: Sgt Jean-Francois Lauzé, Garrison Imaging, Petawawa; PA01-2016-0139-079

Investigators

Silvano A. Mior, Simon French, Pierre Côté, Patrick Loisel, Margareta Nordin, Audrey Laporte, Ellen Vogel

How do I find out more? If you would like more information about this study, please contact: 

 

Deborah Sutton

Project Manager 

UOIT-CMCC Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation 

deborah.sutton@uoit.ca 

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