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The principal author and editor for The Chiropractic Report is Mr. David Chapman-Smith, a Toronto attorney who now also serves as Secretary-General of the World Federation of Chiropractic. He is supported by the following international interdisciplinary board:
Alan Breen, DC PhD - England
Aubrey Swartz, MD – USA
Charlotte Leboeuf-Yde DC, PhD – Denmark
Craig Morris DC – USA
Dana Lawrence, DC – USA
Daniele Bertamini, DC - Italy
Donald J. Henderson, DC - Canada
Gary Jacob DC, LAc – USA
Hossein Sabbagh DC – Iran
Lindsay Rowe, MD BAppSc (Chiro) - Australia
Louis Sportelli, DC – USA
Michael Pedigo, DC – USA
Nari Hong M Chiro – South Korea
Raul Cadagan DC, PT – Argentina
Reginald Hug, DC – USA
Ricardo Fujikawa DC, MD – Spain
Scott Haldeman, DC MD PhD – USA
Yasunobu Takeyachi DC, MD – Japan
If you are a subscriber to The Chiropractic Report you can distribute it to patients, medical doctors, attorneys, health care managers, insurers and others in one of three ways:
- Purchase of a gift subscription. This is available for the reduced price of $70.00. Each issue is mailed directly to the person(s) receiving the gift(s). The first issue sent has a covering letter explaining who provided the gift, which is copied to you. Many subscribers also have several gift subscriptions. See Orders page.
- Ordering extra copies of specific issues. With this option a subscriber can wait to read each issue. Issues thought appropriate for distribution can then be ordered in bulk by the chiropractor and then mailed out with cover letters. Many subscribers choose this option. See Orders page.
- Photocopying of the Report: Current subscribers are authorized to photocopy issues of the Report and forward these for the purposes of promoting their practices and the chiropractic profession - provided that photocopies are not sold or sent to other chiropractors or chiropractic organizations. This is obviously the most inexpensive option for subscribers. However using option 2 above is only marginally more expensive and original copies are far more impressive. Option 1 above is the most economical in terms of time - people of potential importance to your practice can receive the Report on a timely basis all year without you having to think about it again.
Often lack of time prevents you from writing a letter to a family physician or others in your health care community on a matter relative to practice, evidence or research. The Chiropractic Report, because of its quality and because the various reports cover all the major professional issues, allows you to provide professional information on chiropractic with only a brief covering letter. Here are samples.
1. Sample Letter to a Family Physician - Little or No Prior Contact: using language and content suitable to encourage someone with a medical background to consider chiropractic and possible referral of patients
Dear Dr. Williams
A large part of my practice involves the treatment of patients with acute and chronic low-back pain, either for patients who consult me directly or are referred by their family physicians. I am writing to encourage you to consider referral of patients with non-specific back pain for a limited course of chiropractic care – particularly those who may request this to complement their medical care.
As you will know evidence-based clinical guidelines now recommend spinal manipulation for such patients, together with patient education and encouragement and earliest possible return to activities. Recent guidelines from the American College of Physicians confirm this approach. I enclose a summary of these guidelines in The Chiropractic Report, a newsletter that I receive. (The issue of The Chiropractic Report referred to here is November 2007.)
You are most welcome to call with any questions you may have, or to visit my clinic to observe my practice and discuss any issues. I confirm that any referred patient will remain under your overall management, with appropriate reports given.
2. Second Sample Letter - to someone with whom you already have a relationship:
Dear Dr. Williams
Further to our recent discussion on hypertension I thought you might be interested in reading the enclosed recent issue of a newsletter I receive called The Chiropractic Report.
This reviews the anatomy and evidence relative to chiropractic management of those patients with hypertension who also have cervical spine dysfunction. You will see that a recent controlled trial by medical and chiropractic researchers in Chicago reports good success for patients with Stage 1 hypertension who received chiropractic treatment to correct the position and function of the atlas vertebra. This physical treatment had the same benefit as two hypertensive medications, and without any side effects.
This is consistent with my experience, which is that a trial course of chiropractic treatment may often bring good relief to hypertensive patients who have been found on examination to have joint dysfunction or subluxation in the cervical and/or thoracic spine.
The issue of The Chiropractic Report referred to here is May 2007