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New survey aims to close research, clinical practice gap

Mari-Len De   

Features Research

Jan. 16, 2014 — Montreal-based McGill University is spearheading an online study of chiropractors’ views on evidence-based clinical practice.

In conjunction with the Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA) and the
University of Pittsburgh, McGill University has launched the study to
help the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative understand
chiropractors’ use, opinion, skills and training toward evidence-based
clinical practices in Canada.

The research aims to understand
chiropractors’ use, opinion, skills and training toward evidence-based
clinical practice across Canada. The final results will be used by The
Guideline Initiative to design better strategies and methods for
bringing new research findings into practice, according to Dr. André
Bussières, assistant professor at the school of physical and
occupational therapy at McGill University and one of the study’s


In a paper outlining the rationale for the study,
submitted to and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at
McGill University, study proponents cited the large gap between the
discovery of clinical evidence by researchers and the actual application
of evidence by providers in clinical practice.

“It has been
reported that despite a large quantity and high quality of research
evidence and clinical guidelines being published, this evidence is not
being translated into clinical practice,” the application to the IRB

The national survey on the “current level of knowledge and
attitudes toward evidence-based clinical practice among doctors of
chiropractic in Canada” is available online and Canadian chiropractors
are urged to participate in the study.

To complete the survey, please follow this link to the survey.

The password to complete the survey will be sent to participating chiropractor from email address,

ensure your password does not end up in your junk mail please follow
these steps.

Proponents of the research also issued the following information for those who wish to participate in the national survey:

  • Participation in the research is entirely voluntary and you are free to withdraw at any time without penalty.
  • Your identity will remain confidential and no identifying information will ever be reported.
  • When reporting our findings no personal identifiers will be included.
  • As requested by the research ethics board, all data will be destroyed 7 years after study completion.
  • Participation
    or lack thereof, in this research will not affect your status with the CCA in any way.

For questions or concerns, contact Dr. André Bussières at

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