The Value of Interprofessional Collaboration in Delivering Quality Patient Care

Helping your patients achieve their best health is a team effort. Chiropractors are qualified to assess, diagnose and treat issues affecting the musculoskeletal (MSK) and nervous system. They can help patients manage their MSK pain. For patients with conditions outside their scope of practice, chiropractors give informed referrals to physicians, nurse practitioners and other health care professionals. They collaborate with them to support their patients’ ongoing care, as required.

Helping Your Patients Manage their MSK Pain

Often patients with chronic conditions, illnesses or injuries, also have MSK challenges, which add to their pain and limit their mobility. For these patients, an interprofessional approach works particularly well.

Increasingly chiropractors collaborate with physicians, nurse practitioners and other health professionals as part of an interprofessional team within their patient’s circle of care. By helping these patients manage their pain and improve their physical function, chiropractors can play a key role in their care.

The resources in this section were developed to help you gain maximum value in collaborating with chiropractors to manage your shared patients’ care.


The following Medical Post articles outline chiropractors’ clinical approaches, including assessment, diagnosis and treatment, to various conditions, to help you integrate care.

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Case study of collaborative care between Darcy Driscoll, MSc, DC, and his patient Anita’s family physician and ultimately her vascular surgeon. Anita first visited Dr. Driscoll to address gradual onset of increasing pain in her right leg and its potential connection to her long-standing low back pain. Following examinations and tests, he urged Anita to contact her family physician to rule out a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Further collaboration identified calcified plaque as the cause of her pain. Source: Medical Post advertorial, May, 2019.

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Case study consult between Dr. Raymond Jacques, MD, and Dr. Lindsey Rebeiro, DC about the care of their patient, who presented with a complex case of acute and chronic back pain. Their collaboration enabled their patient to eventually engage in all his daily activities, return to work and independently manage his back pain. Source: Medical Post, April, 2019.

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A detailed overview of the assessment, diagnosis and chiropractic treatment for a patient with low back pain. Includes case study of Pam Damoff, a town councillor in Oakville, Ontario, who had a sudden onset of low back pain and how it was treated.

Source: Medical Post advertorial, May, 2015.

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A detailed overview of the assessment, diagnosis and chiropractic treatment for a patient with shoulder injuries. Includes case study of Coletta McGrath, an executive director at a community health centre in St. Catharines, Ontario, who damaged her arm in a car accident how it was collaboratively treated. Source: Medical Post advertorial, May, 2015.

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A detailed overview of the assessment, diagnosis and chiropractic treatment for persistent or recurrent neck pain. Includes clinical practice guidelines, diagnosis steps and a rudimentary care pathway. It also features commentary from Dr. Tammy Hermant, a practicing family physician in downtown Toronto, about her experience collaborating with chiropractors to treat patients with neck pain. Source: Medical Post advertorial, September, 2015.

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Outlines the underlying MSK challenges that affect patients with complex conditions, such as COPD, diabetes and aging and how chiropractors and how chiropractors can help. Includes case study of patient who had chronic health issues due to two car accidents. Source: Medical Post advertorial, June, 2015.

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