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Dr. Haldeman advocates evidence-based care

Dr. Scott Haldeman told Homecoming audiences that chiropractors must work together to advance their profession.
Dr. Scott Haldeman in front of projector screen

During presentations at Homecoming, Scott Haldeman, D.C., Davenport ’64, M.D., Ph.D., stressed that chiropractors must understand the principles of evidenced- based healthcare, keep up with current research, maintain their clinical expertise, and support their educational, research and political institutions.

On the first day, Dr. Haldeman made two separate presentations to students and faculty: “Non-Surgical Management of the Cervical Spine: A New Conceptual Model from the Bone and Joint Decade Task Force and Implications for Practice” and “World Spine Care.”

Dr. Haldeman believes that as health care continues to change, chiropractors must rethink their practice models to fit into the new reality. Evidence-based health care and cost effectiveness will become the dominant features in this new environment.

At the General Session the following day, Dr. Haldeman pointed to research efforts that proved the cost-effectiveness and other efficiencies of chiropractic treatment, and urged practitioners to adopt these measures as they help to build and shape the future of the chiropractic profession.

“As a group of professionals, we are not well organized to advocate for ourselves,” he said, imploring students and alumni to get involved in their community, and the political and legislative process.

“Dr. Haldeman put forth a supposition that the chiropractic profession can proceed along its current path or can develop into a conservative, non-surgical spine care profession,” said Professor Donald Dishman, D.C. “His lecture was wellreceived and served to set the tone of what was a well-attended event.”

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