January 26, 2011 — Texas Chiropractic College (TCC) is excited to announce its partnership with Logan College of Chiropractic and Parker College of Chiropractic and the formation of a new collaborative research program, the Integrative Chiropractic Outcomes Network (ICON).
ICON is a practice-based research network (PBRN), which the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality defines as a group of clinicians and practices working together in ambulatory care to answer community-based healthcare questions and translate research findings into practice.
For ICON, each partner does what they do best: practitioners provide their customary excellent care, and the research team collects and analyzes data to answer important research questions. Data collection is streamlined to avoid intruding into individual practices
To be a success, ICON needs the assistance of as many doctors of chiropractic from across the country as possible, not just the alumni of TCC, Parker, and Logan. There are no costs to practitioners involved in the PBRN, and continuing education credits may be available in some states for the training portion of participants.
ICON is unique in that the goal is not only to enhance the health of the public but to contribute to the evidence base related to health promotion and disease prevention.
The first project will collect cross-sectional data on patients presenting in participating offices for one week. It involves a brief form patients complete only once. Doctors also complete two forms, once, about their practice characteristics. This usually takes about five minutes. Phone training for you and your staff will take approximately 20 minutes.
Any DC interested in participating may learn more online at www.ChiroACCESS.com/ICON. Interested parties with specific questions may also contact TCC’s Director of Research Will Evans, DC, PhD, at firstname.lastname@example.org; Logan’s Director of Clinical Research Cheryl Hawk, DC, PhD, at email@example.com; or Parker’s Dean of Research Ronald Rupert, DC, MS, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Texas Chiropractic College, www.txchiro.edu