Stacie A. Salsbury, Ph.D., R.N.

Assistant Professor

Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research - Davenport, Iowa
Research Clinic
(563) 884-5254

Research Interests

My program of research is centered on a long-standing interest in the management of chronic illnesses and chronic pain, particularly in older adult populations. I have explored these concepts through the interdisciplinary perspectives of nursing, gerontology, integrative medicine, and the social sciences. My recent scholarship has evaluated the comparative effectiveness and safety of complementary and integrative health interventions, including clinical trials of chiropractic spinal manipulation for low back pain, neck pain, and hypertension. My qualitative work explores patients' perceptions of collaborative care for low back pain by medical doctors and chiropractors, outcomes from spinal manipulations and exercise for back-related leg pain, and attention-touch controls in chiropractic research. Our team also developed an instrument to evaluate clinician interactions and treatment equivalence in chiropractic clinical trials. My current research explores the integration of chiropractic services into VA health centers, rehabilitation specialty hospitals, and community hospital settings. The aims of these projects are to determine the barriers to and facilitators of successful implementation of chiropractic services within conventional medical settings from the perspectives of patients, families, providers, and administrators.

  • Post-doctoral, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Nursing, Gerontology (Ph.D.), University of Iowa
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Gerontology (M.S.N.), University of Iowa
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.), University of Iowa
Recent Awards/Key Committees
  • Thelma Fordyce-Mack Achievement Award in Research, Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • Harold R. Bechtel Charitable Trust Staff Publication Award, Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • Member, Research Honors Committee, Palmer College of Chiropractic - 2012-
  • Member, Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Committee, Genesis Health System - 2014-
  • Contributor, Suggested Reading List for Chiropractic, World Federation of Chiropractic - 2014
  • Delphi panelist, Consensus process to update a ‘best practices’ document for chiropractic care of older adults project, Palmer College of Chiropractic - 2016
  • Member, Editorial Board, Topics in Integrative Health Care: An International Journal - 2010-
Courses Taught
  • CLIN61620
    Independent Study: Focus Groups in Health Research

Funded Grants/Projects, 2011 - present

Visit our Grants and Projects page for additional information.

Co-Management of Older Adults with Low Back Pain by Medical Physicians and Doctors of Chiropractic (COCOA)
Clinical Project Manager, Co-Investigator

Developmental Center for Clinical and Translational Science in Chiropractic (DCRCI) Project 2: Conservative Treatment of Patients with Temporomandibular Disorders
Qualitative Methodologist

DCRCI Project 3: Cervical Distraction Sham Development: Translating from Basic to Clinical Studies
Clinical Project Manager, Co-Investigator

Collaborative Care for Veterans with Spine Pain and Mental Health Conditions (COCOV)

Chiropractic Integration into Multidisciplinary Healthcare Systems

Kiernan Chiropractic Care in Rehabilitation at Crotched Mountain Specialty Hospital

Development of an attention-touch control for manual cervical distraction: a pilot randomized clinical trial for patients with neck pain

Author(s): Gudavalli MR, Salsbury SA, Vining RD, Long CR, Corber L, Patwardhan AG, Goertz CM
Publication: Trials
Volume: 16
Page(s): 259
Year: 2015

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Chiropractor interaction and treatment equivalence in a pilot randomized controlled trial: an observational analysis of clinical encounter video-recordings

Author(s): Salsbury SA, DeVocht JW, Hondras MA, Seidman MB, Stanford CM, Goertz CM
Publication: Chiropractic & Manual Therapies
Volume: 22
Page(s): 42
Year: 2014

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Perspectives of older adults on co-management of low back pain by doctors of chiropractic and family medicine physicians: a focus group study

Author(s): Lyons KJ, Salsbury SA, Hondras MA, Jones ME, Andresen AA, Goertz CM
Publication: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume: 13
Page(s): 225
Year: 2013

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Collaborative Care for Older Adults with low back pain by family medicine physicians and doctors of chiropractic (COCOA): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Author(s): Goertz CM, Salsbury SA, Vining RD, Long CR, Andresen AA, Jones ME, Lyons KJ, Hondras MA, Killinger LZ, Wolinsky FD, Wallace RB
Publication: Trials
Volume: 14
Issue: 1
Page(s): 18
Year: 2013

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How do people make continence care happen? An analysis of organizational culture in two nursing homes

Author(s): Lyons SS
Publication: The Gerontologist
Volume: 50
Issue: 3
Page(s): 327-339
Year: 2010

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