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2000 Education Conference


Philosophy in Chiropractic Education


November 10-13, 2000, Fort Lauderdale, USA


Consensus Statements

  1. A shared approach to health and healing, based upon a shared philosophy of chiropractic, is important for the identity and future of the chiropractic profession.

  2. Chiropractic is a unique discipline, but exists as part of a broader entity, the health care system.

    Accordingly, the discussion of philosophy as a discipline and the philosophy of health care, as well as specifically the philosophy of chiropractic, should be important components in every chiropractic curriculum.

  3. The philosophy of chiropractic should be taught and developed in a manner that is intellectually defensible in the discipline of philosophy.

  4. Principles from philosophical schools of thought that were discussed at some length at this meeting in the context of the philosophy of chiropractic included:

    • Conservatism
    • Holism
    • Humanism
    • Naturalism
    • Vitalism

  5. Other philosophical ideas that were presented at the meeting, but for which there was insufficient time for extended discussion included:

    • American pragmatism
    • Complexity theory
    • Critical rationalism
    • Ethics
    • Logic
    • Mechanism
    • Post modernism
    • Reductionism
    • Sociology of the professions
    • Systems theory

  6. Models of health care discussed at the meeting, and offered for consideration in chiropractic education, included the:

    • Biopsychosocial model
    • Condition-centered model
    • Evidence-based model
    • Patient-centered model
    • Vertebral subluxation-centered model

  7. With respect to the Association of Chiropractic Colleges’ Paradigm of Chiropractic put before the meeting by the ACC, it is appropriate that the philosophy of chiropractic is presented as a core component of the foundation of the chiropractic paradigm of health. This philosophical foundation may be further understood in light of the above statements.

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