Clinical Research Initiative (CRI)

The goal of the Clinical Research Initiative is to conduct clinical research to inform the conservative management of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries. 

Objectives

  • Develop, lead and assist with clinical research and scholarship to understand the effectiveness, efficacy and/or clinical utility of diagnostic and treatment methods

  • Conduct and oversee the orchestration of multi-faceted studies across carious scientific and clinical disciplines 

  • Create and maintain a database of ongoing clinical research and collaborations related to the CRI research projects 

  • Identify funding opportunities and obtain grants to promote sustainable research capacity 

Funding

The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College has committed in-kind funding for two clinical research scientist positions for two years. 

Current Projects

Demographic, clinical characteristics and diagnoses of new patients presenting to chiropractic teaching clinics in Ontario, Canada. Côté P, Shearer HM, Wong JJ, Mior S, Tibbles A, Jacobs C, Rutherford S.

 

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to describe the demographic, clinical characteristics and diagnoses of new patients presenting to five chiropractic teaching clinics of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Ontario, Canada. We also aim to determine whether the characteristics of the patient population differs across clinics or diagnoses.

 

Methods

We will conduct a case-series of all new patients who presented to five CMCC teaching clinics. We will extract the following data from each clinic’s electronic health records (OSCAR): demographics, diagnosis, duration of condition, type and duration of treatment, and baseline and post-intervention scores on valid and reliable outcome measures. We will use descriptive statistics to describe the study population and stratify the analysis by clinic location and by diagnosis.

 

Significance

This study will establish who presents to chiropractic teaching clinics and understand the possibility of conducting future research in these clinics. 

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