As the chancellor of Palmer College of Chiropractic, the trusted
leader in chiropractic education, Dr. Dennis Marchiori has put
action behind the Palmer tagline by responding to national
media coverage of chiropractic as well as a chiropractic scope of
practice issue in Washington state.
In late July, NBC News and National Public Radio (NPR), along
with other national media outlets, covered the results of a July 29
JAMA Internal Medicine article on how medical doctors weren’t
following established protocols for treating back pain. Although
the coverage was generally favorable to conservative approaches
to managing back pain, it didn’t refer to chiropractic specifically.
To address this imbalance in coverage in national news media,
Dr. Marchiori sent a letter to NBC and NPR, citing chiropractic’s
effectiveness in treating back pain—backed by federally funded
research studies including those conducted by the Palmer Center
for Chiropractic Research. He also pointed out the complexity
of treating the epidemic of back pain in the U.S. and how
chiropractors are committed to being part of the solution through
an evidence-based clinical practice approach to treatment.
In August, Chancellor Marchiori weighed in on the chiropractic
scope of practice legislative battle in Washington state regarding
chiropractors being allowed to conduct pre-performance physical
exams on athletes as well as Department of Transportation “Fit
for Duty” physical exams. Dr. Marchiori supported the efforts
of chiropractic colleagues in the Washington State Chiropractic
Association and the Association of Chiropractic Colleges to
correct misinformation about the standards and curriculum
for the Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He citied the thorough
education that chiropractors, and Palmer College students in
particular, receive, and their experience in performing these
exams in the clinic setting.