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Patients, Trust and the Internet
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Thursday, August 03, 2017 08:06 AM

The internet is having an impact upon the level of trust a patient has in a doctor’s diagnosis.  A study presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies suggests that doctor/patient trust and the drive to a second opinion might be more fragile than previously thought.  It can impact the trust that has been established with a physician and even change the care pathway.

F4CP Supports Opioid Commission Recommendation: Declare Opioid Epidemic National Emergency
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Tuesday, August 01, 2017 04:27 PM

The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, the leading voice of the chiropractic profession, strongly endorses recommendations from the White House panel examining the nation's ongoing Opioid crisis to declare the epidemic as a national public health emergency. 

“The chiropractic profession has long recognized the dangers of prescription opioid use and abuse, and has tirelessly advocated for drug-free strategies for patient care," says Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president, F4CP.

Canadian Medical Association's Guideline for Opioid Therapy and Chronic Noncancer Pain
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Tuesday, August 01, 2017 07:30 AM

The harms associated with opioid therapy are substantial. Although the evidence supports dose limits for patients beginning opioid therapy, those currently receiving high-dose opioid therapy constitute a distinct population, and tapering efforts should be individualized and should consider patients’ values and preferences.

This guideline recommends:

  • Optimization of nonopioid pharmacotherapy and nonpharmacologic therapy, rather than a trial of opioids, for patients with chronic noncancer pain.

  • Patients with chronic noncancer pain may be offered a trial of opioids only after they have been optimized on nonopioid therapy, including nondrug measures.

Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S)
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Monday, July 31, 2017 07:11 AM

In 1992, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) encouraged and supported scientific inquiry into and public awareness of a condition that became known as the Female Athlete Triad.  The hallmark components of the triad include eating disorders, functional hypothalamic amenorrhea and osteoporosis. A person diagnosed with the triad may present with one, two or three component conditions. In high school athletes, the prevalence can be as high as 60% for a single diagnosis, 27% for two, and 16% for all three elements. Despite a high prevalence of component conditions physicians lack a widespread knowledge about the triad diagnosis and clinical management options.

The term “Female Athlete Triad” is misleading because the condition can occur in males, females, athletes and non-athletes. Also, the “triad” can present as a single condition or two to three co-existing conditions. In 2015, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) introduced a revised term for the condition called Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S). RED-S includes a broader scope of related conditions and removes the female emphasis. Disorders arising from RED-S can include: abnormal metabolic rate, menstrual dysfunction, bone disorders such as low mineral density and stress fracture, depressed immunity status, abnormal protein synthesis, cardiovascular dysfunction and compromised psychological health. RED-S can be thought of as a constellation of conditions arising from nutrient deficiency relative to physical activity demands.

Congress to Soon Head Home, Kicking Off Constituent Outreach Sessions
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Sunday, July 30, 2017 07:27 AM

The August congressional recess provides opportunity for DCs to meet and talk to their federal legislators.  Members of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate will soon head home to their states and districts. The start of the traditional summer recess comes after, what both parties will tell you, was a less than productive session, leaving several issues unresolved. Nonetheless, in August, members will hold town hall forums, listening sessions, and other public events geared toward gauging constituent views and interests.

Doctors of chiropractic are especially encouraged to seek out their federal legislators at these public town hall meetings because they are a great way to begin establishing a relationship, or strengthening an existing one, with your lawmaker's office. Town hall meetings are free and open to the public. Typically, the legislator will make some remarks about what is happening on Capitol Hill and specifically about what he or she has accomplished or working on. In addition, there is usually time set aside for questions and answers.

If you’ve never attended a town hall meeting before, or even if you’re a seasoned pro, it might feel a bit intimidating. Here are five tips to help you navigate the political town halls:

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