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Chiropractic Education: Meeting the Needs of a

Global Health Workforce

A 2019 survey, conducted by the World Federation of Chiropractic, revealed that there were just over 103,000 chiropractors in the world. Yet the burden of disease from conditions most commonly treated by chiropractors is enormous. Low back pain is the leading cause of years lived with disability on the planet. Neck pain is the fourth. Other major musculoskeletal disorders also feature strongly when it comes to limiting quality of life and the ability to function at home, at work and socially.

Current evidence is on the side of chiropractors. A series of papers on low back pain, published in 2018 in The Lancet stressed the importance of conservative care and a need to avoid pharmacological and surgical interventions wherever possible. Spinal manipulation, exercise prescription, patient education, acupuncture and soft tissue therapy, all frequently featuring in the chiropractor's toolbox, are now recommended as evidence-based treatments.

Chiropractors have a key role to play in delivering evidence-based, people-centred, interprofessional and collaborative care. With the World Health Organization estimating a current shortfall of 18 million health workers, ensuring that there are sufficient numbers of chiropractors to meet the needs of populations is a priority.

At the same time, it is important that those expected to deliver solutions to musculoskeletal pain and disability, particularly involving the spine, meet the expectations of patients and wider society.

This conference will explore the current demands of chiropractic education against a backdrop of global transformation in health care and an increasing awareness of the potential contribution of chiropractors within health systems globally.

We invite you to San Francisco, the city by the bay, for the 11th WFC ACC Chiropractic Education Conference. Featuring top plenary presentations from experts both within and outside the chiropractic profession, the conference will showcase the best of current chiropractic education research, interactive workshops and provide a unique opportunity to network with educational leaders, academics, students and key influencers from around the world.

See you in San Francisco!

Richard Brown
Secretary-General, World Federation of Chiropractic
David O'Bryon
President, Association of Chiropractic Colleges


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