Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation Honors Sherman Students with Young Researcher Awards

Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation

Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation Honors Sherman Students with Young Researcher Awards
Fellowships Focus on Best Practices Initiative

On May 6th four students at Sherman College of Chiropractic were honored during Sherman's International Research & Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS) held during the 50th Anniversary Lyceum with the Young Researcher Award.

The Award is given to young researchers focused on projects centered on vertebral subluxation. These four students were granted Fellowship scholarships over a year ago to work on the Foundation's Best Practices Initiative which is housed at Sherman College and overseen by Anquonette Stiles DC, MPH.

The students are:

  • Aquil Holden
  • Trystan Wertley
  • Bryan Vega Cordero
  • Brooke Mills
Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation Honors Sherman Students with Young Researcher Awards

With over 100 projects either completed or in the works, the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation (FVS) has been hard at work addressing research on the vertebral subluxation along with policy and education issues affecting the profession.

In addition to actually conducting research the FVS also supports a team of researchers through its scholarship program with over 20 Fellowships having been granted.

Sherman students have received the most number of these scholarships over the past several years. The FVS, through its Advancing Futures program, seeks to provide scholarships to individuals who assist in carrying out the Research Agenda of the organization.

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According to the Foundation, its Advancing Futures program is our best hope at accomplishing a collaborative, organized movement to research subluxation. The FVS' research agenda seeks to validate the profession and position chiropractic as a vitalistic, scientific, evidence informed clinical practice. The more research, the greater the chance the profession will have of gaining a higher degree of respect, understanding and acceptance in the health care marketplace, the scientific community and among the patients it serves. It is imperative to make these new research advancements available to the public, other health professions, and to legislators in order to promote and to systematically advance the field of subluxation centered chiropractic through the initiation of favorable public health policy.

Several years ago the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation (FVS) embarked on an ambitious effort to develop a clinical practice guideline/best practices project that would search, gather, compile and review the scientific literature going as far back as January 2007. The FVS saw a crucial need to develop this project because other practice guidelines that included the management of vertebral subluxation were about to become outdated leaving chiropractors who practice in a subluxation model vulnerable in malpractice claims, regulatory board witch hunts and the insurance industry.

That project became a permanent Best Practices Initiative which now searches, gathers and reviews the literature every month on a regular basis and updates the Foundation's Best Practices database which is then used to develop recommendations and best practices policy for the management of vertebral subluxation.

The Foundation is currently in the process of developing recommendations on instrumentation, radiographic and other imaging. Its Best Practices Document on the Chiropractic Care of Children has been published after having been peer reviewed by over 250 peer reviewers.

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The FVS has also published its Best Practices document on the role of chiropractic in immunity.

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Its Chapter on Maternal Care has also been published.

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Other topic areas with Chapters currently being worked on include:

  • Radiology
  • Instrumentation
  • History and chiropractic examination
  • Clinical impression, assessment and recordkeeping
  • Reassessment and outcomes assessment
  • Modes of adjustive care
  • Duration of care for correction of vertebral subluxation
  • Vertebral subluxation and well being
  • Behavioral and mental health issues
  • Patient safety, privacy and advocacy

Anquonette Stiles DC, MPH is a Research Fellow with the Foundation and serves as the Project Manager for the Best Practices Initiative.

“We are taking a train the trainers approach moving forward to establish a permanent team with ongoing expertise in best practices work” stated Stiles. “The profession desperately needs people who are committed to the development of these guidelines given the upheaval currently going on in the profession.”

Beyond publishing Best Practices guidelines, the goal of the project is to produce an ongoing monthly update of all the scientific literature related to the topic areas published. This means the FVS will have the most current evidence impacting subluxation management. Then every five years the FVS will update the Recommendations based on the literature. The five year process will be made much easier because the literature is being searched, gathered and reviewed on a regular basis instead of just every five years.

ABOUT Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation

The mission of the Foundation is to advocate for and advance the founding principles and tenets of the chiropractic profession in the area of vertebral subluxation through research, education, policy and service.

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