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Chancellor Marchiori responds to WCA

Palmer Chancellor Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., Davenport ’90, issued this response in October to a white paper from the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association on chiropractic scope of care.

Dr. Marchiori

“As chancellor of Palmer College of Chiropractic, I feel compelled to respond to a recent white paper from the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association (WCA) titled, ‘The Primary Spine Care Physician Initiative.’

Wisconsin Chiropractic Association logo

“The WCA is to be applauded for highlighting contemporary health care challenges, including the need to address the huge burden of non-surgical spine-related disorders on the health care system. I agree with their position that chiropractors, as primary care professionals for spinal health, are uniquely qualified to fill this role. However, I disagree that prescription rights are needed to effectively fulfill this role. Instead, let’s continue our advocacy that health care delivery evolve to embrace our conservative and wellness-based approach.

“Palmer recently spent three years researching and carefully crafting an identity for chiropractors as: The primary care professionals for spinal health and well-being. We also created a practice paradigm that begins: Chiropractic focuses on neurological and musculoskeletal integrity, and aims to favorably impact health and well-being, relieve pain and infirmity, enhance performance, and improve quality of life without drugs or surgery.

“To achieve our shared goal of enhancing public health by addressing the global burden of spinal-related disease, we need an identity, a focus and a scope of care that honors our tradition, is evidence-based— and is clearly understood and embraced by health care consumers. We contend that Palmer’s identity, which includes primary spine care along with wellness, does exactly that—without drugs or surgery.”

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