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Setting the Research Agenda

William R. Boone, Ph.D., D.C.

Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ Volume 2 ~ Number 2 ~ Pages 1-2



In the evolving discipline of chiropractic, two recent events have provided a sense of clarification regarding the research direction of the profession. Of these, at least one seems to have reaffirmed what most practitioners would consider the raison d’etre of chiropractic, reflecting the vision of the early founders of the profession. It is too early to evaluate the outcome of the
second event.

The first event, published in the current issue of JVSR, with the permission of the Journal of the Neuromusculoskeletal System (JNMS), represents the results of a survey conducted by a “National Workshop to Develop the Chiropractic Research Agenda,” supported (in 1996) by the United States Health Resources and Services Administration.The survey, of which the results, reported by Robert Jansen (Palmer College of Chiropractic West, San Jose, CA), William Meeker (Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, Davenport, Iowa), and Anthony Rosner (Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research, Brookline, MA), was conducted ” to guide this workshop’s efforts to prioritize future research areas and funding ,”…Thus,” an accurate and representative survey of practicing American chiropractors’ research priorities was undertaken.”

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