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Spring 2011

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Work on “Management of Thoracic Spine Conditions” continues

Dr. Jeffrey Cates
Dr. Jeffrey Cates

Since it was founded in 1985, the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters (CCGPP) has produced a number of best practice literature syntheses, guidelines, companion documents and programs to assist chiropractors in providing the best care for their patients.

Jeffrey Cates, D.C., Davenport ’83, M.S., has been a commission member since 2004 and has worked on several projects as well. He led a team that performed a formal appraisal of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Guidelines. It was published in 2006 in The Spine Journal . He also was appointed to the lumbar systematic literature review team which published its literature synthesis in 2008 in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.

In 2006, CCGPP Research Chairman John Triano, D.C., Ph.D., asked Dr. Jeffrey Cates to lead a team assessment of the literature pertaining to chiropractic management of thoracic spine conditions. The systematic review and synthesis completed in 2009 and draft copy of this, and others, can be viewed at:

Currently, Dr. Cates is working with his team to edit the thoracic spine data into six Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics articles. The works should provide an informed and balanced evidence-based interpretation of the literature regarding the appropriate chiropractic treatment of the thoracic spine and related disorders.

“I would like to recognize the remarkable people that I have had the pleasure of working with on these CCGPP projects,” says Dr. Cates. “Their hard work and selfless dedication to the profession and humanity has served as a source of inspiration.”

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