Unfortunately, knowledge of evidence-based recommendations to consider manual therapy for pain management, as well as how to appropriately introduce and oversee this care, is not widespread. In fact, a study found that health care professionals, including chiropractors, can benefit from guidance in ‘how’ to appropriately talk to patients about opioid use, while staying within their scope of practice.12
To bridge these gaps, OCA implemented an evidence-based initiative in consultation with an advisory panel, which included Dr. Janice Harvey MD, CCFP(SEM), FCFP DIP. SPORT MED, Dr. David Dos Santos, B.Sc., D.C., FCCPOR(C), FCCO(C), Dr. Erica Weinberg, BSc, MSc, MPhil, MD, Dr. Lindsey Rebeiro, BScH, DC and Lynn K. Cooper, BES as a patient with lived experience.
Part 1: Manual Therapy as an Evidence-Based Referral for Musculoskeletal Pain Tool
OCA partnered with the Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) to develop an evidence-based clinical tool that helps primary care professionals navigate evidence-based manual therapy that can reduce opioid use.