Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Withheld report on chiropractic education finally released

The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research has now released its report on chiropractic education and research. The report is another important contributor to the establishment of a chiropractic education in Norway. However, many of the conclusions in the report are plainly ridiculous and are probably the reason why the Ministry withheld the report for three months. The report clearly shows that researchers do get a problem when they become involved in politics. The expert group consisted of Stefan Lomander (University of Gothenburg), Ingrid Lundberg (KI, Medical University in Stockholm), Ewa Roos and Jan Hartvigsen from the University of Southern Denmark. The group was chaired by Dr. Lomander who is the very same person who proposed that chiropractors in Sweden should become physiotherapists before going on to become chiropractors.

Withheld report on chiropractic education finally published

The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research has now released its report on chiropractic education and research. The report is another important contributor to the establishment of a chiropractic education in Norway. However, many of the conclusions in the report are plainly ridiculous and are probably the reason why the Ministry withheld the report for three months. The report clearly shows that researchers do get a problem when they become involved in politics. The expert group consisted of Stefan Lomander (University of Gothenburg), Ingrid Lundberg (KI, Medical University in Stockholm), Ewa Roos and Jan Hartvigsen from the University of Southern Denmark. The group was chaired by Dr. Lomander who is the very same person who proposed that chiropractors in Sweden should become physiotherapists before going on to become chiropractors.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Newsletter from the Academy

Springtime is fast approaching and the European Academy of Chiropractic is in full gear in preparation for the upcoming ECU 2011 Convention in Zurich. In this edition of The Academy Report, you will receive a preview of what is in store for your visit to Switzerland. Additionally, you will learn all the latest news from the Academy, as well as special reports from the Research Council, Contininuing Professional Development and the Graduate Education Programme, says secretary general of the EAC Chris Mikus. You can download the Newsletter here.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Building the profession, -preparing for the future.

In the last months I have visited several national associations and participated in their effort to progress in their own country. It has been a true pleasure to meet so many dedicated colleagues committed to making our wonderful profession grow and prosper. It has shown me that if one wants to change the profession in a better direction and make it grow, this change must come from within. The ECU can assist, advise, provide financial assistance, offer expert assistance, and be a catalyst in these processes. Having said that, the ECU can also easily be a sleeping pillow for national associations where there is no commitment to move the profession forward. That would not be a desirable situation and must be avoided by all means. Where there is no commitment, there will be no progress.

The biggest threat to chiropractic is what?

When I went to chiropractic school, I was told that the biggest threat to chiropractic was accepting rights to prescribe drugs. We were told to look at the osteopathic profession in the US and see how it had been absorbed by the medical profession and consider what might happen to us if we accepted these rights. At the time, I accepted the arguments against prescribing without question.  Today, many years later, I still hear these arguments advanced when the subject of prescription rights is discussed. But is it really true that gaining limited prescription rights is the biggest threat to our profession? I doubt it.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

It is all about the patient

As chiropractors it is our duty to serve patients in their best interest and provide them with the best care available. Being a chiropractor has never been about our needs or the satisfaction of our personal interests. It is all about what the patient needs. This is what we call patient-centred care. I have been contacted by several colleagues lately who expressed concern about the fact that they have received an e-mail sent to all chiropractors in Europe ("Invitation for All European Chiropractors") where the content is about a seminar teaching chiropractors how to earn more money.
 

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Developing the profession through education

For the first time, all the educational leaders of the chiropractic profession in Europe came together to discuss the future and well being of the profession. The main purpose of the conference was to see if it is possibile to establish new chiropractic programmes in countries where chiropractic is absent or hardly represented. -In some countries in Europe we have consistent growth, but many countries are not growing at all.  And if they do experience growth, it is not happening fast enough, said Øystein Ogre in his opening speech. -Some countries have it all when it comes to laws and regulations, and some countries have nothing at all. It is my belief that one cannot achieve sustained success without the help of neighbouring countries, said the ECU President.