Could chiropractors screen for adverse drug events in the community? Survey of US chiropractors.
Background: The "Put Prevention into Practice" campaign of the US Public Health Service was launched with the dissemination of the Clinician's Handbook of Preventive Services that recommended standards of clinical care for various prevention activities, including preventive clinical strategies to reduce the risk of adverse drug events.
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#1 Jul 18, 2013
How about this for an idea.
How about chiropractors get actual clinical in pharmacology before they claim to be competent in same.
Just a thought.
#2 Jul 31, 2013
I would just like to give you some insight of what chiropractors are able to do and their scope of practice in regards to this question.
Chiropractic education is a very rigorous school. Most colleges go year round completing up to 27-28 credits per trimester. The coursework involved in chiropractic education is very similar to a medical doctor. Hundreds of hours are spent on anatomy, physiology, neurology, and pathology on top of all the specialized classes for chiropractic techniques. The education also involves classes in pharmacology. With that said, chiropractors are not allowed to prescribe any substance or pharmaceutical drugs to patients. The whole point of chiropractic is to allow the body to heal itself and give the patient a conservative approach to dealing with their complaints. Now, if a patient was to come in with a list of drugs that they take, as chiropractors, you are responsible to know what that particular drug does and how it may interact with the patient or the other drugs they may be taking. It is a chiropractors duty to then, if necessary, to contact the patients primary care physician and make them aware of what the drugs may be doing to the patient. It is then the primary care physician who is responsible for dealing with that problem.
Chiropractors may not get as much training in pharmacology as medical doctors, but they do get enough training to understand the consequences and reactions of each drug.
I hope this helps give you another view on this subject matter. Below is a page from New York Chiropractic College's website discussing courses taken at the school.
#3 Jul 31, 2013
"The coursework involved in chiropractic education is very similar to a medical doctor."
No, it is not. Not even close. The hours you spend in a classroom is not indicative of content or quality.
"Chiropractors may not get as much training in pharmacology as medical doctors, but they do get enough training to understand the consequences and reactions of each drug."
No, they do not. The actual clinical experience relating to pharmacology is practically nonexistent for chiropractors.
Good luck at school.
#4 Aug 1, 2013
ya , get a expert openion on it.
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