8/27/2012 (Archived)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced that the R25 grant award for the "Expanding Evidence-based Clinical Practice (EBCP) and Research Across Palmer College of Chiropractic" project has been renewed for four more years. The grant award is $876,821. While the first four years of the grant helped faculty put EBCP principles and practice into the Doctor of Chiropractic curriculum on the Davenport Campus, the second four years will go further by supporting integration of EBCP within the curriculum and on all of Palmer's campuses. Ultimately this will better prepare graduates to practice in a modern healthcare environment.

"We hope to see adoption of EBCP attitudes, knowledge and skills by Palmer graduates who are effectively practicing evidence-based clinical decision-making in an environment that increasingly demands interdisciplinary cooperation and an emphasis on patient outcomes," said Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., vice chancellor for Research and Health Policy.

Palmer's Director of Research Cynthia Long, Ph.D., who is the principal investigator for the grant, noted that Palmer has faculty on all three campuses who have been trained through various workshops and other activities to bring EBCP into the classroom and clinic. Palmer will continue to send select faculty from all campuses to attend EBCP training at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, as well as train even more faculty members at an EBCP workshop held on the University of Iowa campus.