Clinical Compass has released the paper “Chiropractic in the COVID-19 Pandemic Era” as a pragmatic guidance for doctors of chiropractic, patients, and stakeholders.
“The purpose of this paper is to help define what role, if any, the chiropractic profession can play in this global pandemic,” the organization said in a release. “It is not an exhaustive literature synthesis and attempts to avoid classic internal political disagreements among factions of the profession. Rather the goal is to outline what we know, what we don’t know, and how we can best help in this critical moment.”
Clinical Compass collaborates with every major chiropractic organization, many states and their respective associations, individual chiropractors, as well as other health care providers interested in providing the best, most evidence-based care to their patients. Participation and process, the organization states, are as transparent as possible and a diverse cross-section of the chiropractic profession is represented.
Authors of the paper were:
- Wayne M. Whalen, D.C., Emeritus Chair, Clinical Compass
- Cheryl Hawk, DC, PhD, CHES, Chair, Scientific Commission of the Clinical Compass
- Louis Crivelli, DC, Chair, Clinical Compass
- Jay Greenstein, DC, Immediate Past Chair, Clinical Compass
- Kris Anderson, DC, Secretary,Clinical Compass
- Tom Wetzen, DC, ChiroCongress Representative, Clinical Compass
- Ronald Farabaugh, DC, Past Chair, Clinical Compass
“Doctors of chiropractic want to help, but the role of DCs has been the subject of controversy both within and outside of the profession,” the paper states. “This is a consequence of claims made by some DCs about the capacity for manipulation to prevent or treat COVID-19, as well as a lack of understanding of the role DCs can play in this crisis.
“As of this writing (late-April 2020), though there are some promising approaches, there are no reliably confirmed treatments or preventive strategies of any kind for Coronavirus-19 infection except social (physical) distancing and practices such as wearing masks, hand washing, and other hygiene measures. There are no medical treatments or chiropractic treatments shown to have any reliable efficacy.”