Sophisticated research design in chiropractic and manipulative therapy; what you learn depends on how you ask. Part C: Mixed Methods: “why can’t science and chiropractic just be friends?”

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Published May 25, 2016
Lyndon Amorin-Woods

Abstract

Many commentators have recognised the limitations and inapplicability of the traditional quantitative pyramid hierarchy especially with respect to complementary and alternative (CAM) health care, observing the way Evidence-based Practice [EBP] is sometimes implemented is controversial, not only within the chiropractic profession, but in all other healthcare disciplines, including medicine itself. A phased approach to the development and evaluation of complex interventions can help researchers define the research process and complex interventions may require use of both qualitative and quantitative methods. The chiropractic profession has little to fear from evidence-based practice; in fact it should be used productively to improve patient care, clinical outcomes and the standing of the profession in the eyes of the public, other health professions and legislators. 
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Keywords

Evidence-Based Practice, Mixed Methods, Research Design

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