Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation Honors Anquonette Stiles DC, MPH with Service Award

Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation
Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation Honors Anquonette Stiles DC, MPH with Service Award

An Unsung Hero, Stiles Works Tirelessly to Protect the Clinical Management of Vertebral Subluxation

Anquonette Stiles DC, MPH was awarded the Service to the Profession Award from the Foudnation for Vertebral Subluxation (FVS) on May 6th at Sherman College of Chiropractic during Sherman's International Research & Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS) held during the 50th Anniversary Lyceum.

Stiles is a Fellow with the Foundation and currently oversees the Foundation's Best Practices Initiative which is housed at Sherman College. Stiles oversees the entire project including a team of researchers that includes several Sherman students.

Dr. Stiles is responsible for recruiting, training and overseeing the scholarship students who work with her and scour the literature to make sure the Foundation has the best available current evidence to develop and support its Best Practices recommendations. Stiles is also Co-Chair of the FVS's Independent Scientific Review Board.

In addition to her work for the Foundation, Stiles is in Private Practice, is a Research Associate at WakeMed Health & Hospitals and is a Certified Clinical Research Administrator.

She is additionally a Managing Editor for the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - Chiropractic and the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research.

Stiles was previously faculty and the Director of Scholarly Activity at LIFE University.

"Dr. Stiles does so much to further subluxation centered chiropractic that its hard to put a metric on it" remarked Matthew McCoy DC, MPH Vice President of the Foundation. "She is an unsung hero in the trenches every day producing and cataloging the evidence we need to protect and defend the clinical management of vertebral subluxation" added McCoy.

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project because other practice guidelines that included the management of vertebral subluxation were about to become outdated leaving chiropractors who practice in a subluxation model vulnerable in malpractice claims, regulatory board witch hunts and the insurance industry.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:

  • 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 take a train the trainers approach 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.

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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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