November 15, 2011 — The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has recommitted itself to supporting chiropractic research by extending an agreement through 2018 with the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT), the chiropractic profession’s premier research journal.
As part of the agreement, ACA members will continue to receive a subscription to JMPT as a member benefit, which includes online access to the journal’s vast, searchable archives.
ACA, Elsevier, and National University of Health Sciences signed the agreement in September at the 2011 ACA House of Delegates meeting. While there, JMPT editor Claire Johnson, DC, MSEd, talked to delegates about the importance of research in modern healthcare.
“We live in a world where what we do as doctors of chiropractic must be supported by scientific research,” she said. “We are responsible to show others — from policy makers to payers — that our practices are grounded in science, but even more importantly, our patients expect and deserve this from us.”
Johnson noted that JMPT, which is the only chiropractic journal indexed in Medline, publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed journal articles. JMPT continues to increase its number of international authors, interdisciplinary author teams, and has doubled its impact factor over the past five years. “The JMPT is the most widely read chiropractic science journal in the world,” she added.
“ACA is delighted to continue its alliance with JMPT, which is an excellent representative to the research community for our profession,” said ACA President Keith Overland, DC. “We are equally pleased that we can continue to provide our members with such a practical and valuable membership benefit via their JMPT subscriptions. Evidence-based practice is a growing trend in health care, and it’s critical that DCs have a quality tool such as JMPT to turn to for new information on how best to treat their patients.”
Moreover, since JMPT publishes articles that relate directly to chiropractic practice, it provides evidence that reinforces many of ACA’s legislative, insurance and legal initiatives. ACA’s alliance with JMPT underscores its support of the chiropractic profession’s future.
Source: American Chiropractic Association, www.acatoday.org