Her Ph.D. thesis project is a research study to collect
data on the safety of chiropractic care of children.
When completed, it’ll be the largest prospective evaluation of
safety for the pediatric population within the chiropractic profession.
It’s being conducted with an interdisciplinary team of
investigators with expertise in pediatrics, epidemiology, pediatric
methodology, musculoskeletal methodology and patient safety.
Dr. Pohlman is a clinician scientist at Parker University.
“Doctors of chiropractic are the most widely sought-after
complementary and integrative health-care provider group that
sees children,” Dr. Pohlman says. “On average, a chiropractic
practice provides 17 to 39 percent of its care to children.” But
high-quality studies on the safety of chiropractic care are lacking.
Dr. Pohlman has designed the study to be convenient for participating
chiropractors. The goal is to recruit 70 doctors of
chiropractic by early 2017. Participants will be asked to collect
data from up to 60 consecutive pediatric patient visits (patients
aged 13 years old or younger). Data collection is quick and
easy, adding just a minute or so to patient visits.
Study participants will benefit from taking part in this research
in a variety of ways, Dr. Pohlman says. “It demonstrates the
participating chiropractors’ commitment to patient safety and
engagement in grass-roots research efforts,” she adds. “It also
may reduce patient harms by identifying modifiable risk factors,
which augments patient trust and satisfaction with care.”
Safety and trust are important elements of the public’s perception
of chiropractors, and two areas identified as needing improvement
in successive annual Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic
The study uses rigorous methodology to prospectively collect
safety information on the use of pediatric chiropractic care,
which will allow Dr. Pohlman and her team to identify any key
issues or concerns, determine a more accurate risk estimate
associated with pediatric chiropractic care, and provide better quality
information for discussions regarding informed consent.
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