Invitation to chiropractic patients to participate in deliberative dialogue
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the College of Chiropractors of Ontario (CCO) has observed an increase in the number of complaints regarding chiropractors making health benefits claims for chiropractic, specifically claims related to immunity benefits. CCO’s Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee relies on existing standards of practice in exercising its statutory mandate, which may or may not reflect the best available information concerning chiropractic and immunity. As the nervous system is specifically referenced in the chiropractic scope of practice in Ontario, any claims made for chiropractic pertaining to it or its potential role in boosting immunity or overall health outcomes necessarily fall within the purview of the Regulator.
CCO has therefore commissioned the Accessing Centre for Expertise (ACE) to conduct an independent review and evaluation of all relevant data regarding claims of health benefits from chiropractic care to facilitate and inform policy development as CCO exercises its statutory mandate to regulate all of chiropractic in the public interest.
As one element of the study, in the Fall of 2021, ACE will be conducting a series of deliberative dialogues with a diverse range of stakeholders, including patients, practitioners and regulators. Deliberative dialogues are facilitated discussions of up to 20 people that will be held virtually (e.g., via Zoom). Note that CCO staff will not participate in the sessions. During the deliberative dialogues, ACE researchers will aim to (i) draw on your lived experience with respect to health care generally and/or chiropractic care specifically to assess your level of trust in the claims made by the chiropractic profession and (ii) discuss your expectations for the types of information, data or evidence that should be provided to support chiropractic claims of health or immunity benefits.
If you are a current or former patient of a chiropractor and would like to participate in a deliberative dialogue on this topic, please review the Deliberative Dialogue Information Sheet and Consent Form for Patients. If you have further questions regarding participating, or would like to confirm your interest in participating, please contact ACE at info@ACExpertise.ca or 416-578-3214.