The CRC has stated its commitment to supporting the highest level of academic study as it announces that it will be commencing its funding of projects early in 2015.

Building on recommendations contained within a 2014 study published in the journal Chiropractic and Manual Therapies, the CRC will be looking to expand the number of PhD candidates from the UK and elsewhere who will be undertaking long term research projects looking at ways that chiropractic patients may receive the most effective care from their care providers.

In the study, conducted by Dutch researcher Sidney Rubinstein DC, PhD and colleagues from the UK, Denmark and Switzerland, it was concluded that there were three main areas for the profession to explore: cost-effectiveness; identification of groups most likely to respond to chiropractic care; and the initiation of collaborative research activities.

CRC Chair of Trustees, Richard Brown, said, “It is vitally important that the funding provided by the CRC is directed at areas where chiropractic patients will experience the most benefit. We are committed to as many people have access to evidence-based, effective chiropractic care as possible. While we are not restricting the granting of funds purely to PhD projects, we know that these often produce the highest levels of research which make a real difference to patients’ lives.”

PhD is the abbreviation used for the award of Doctor of Philosophy. It doesn’t mean that those holding the degree are philosophers, but instead comes from the literal Greek translation of philosophy meaning ‘love of wisdom’.

Candidates for the award of a PhD must submit a thesis, often containing a body of original academic research worthy of publication in peer-reviewed journals. The chiropractic profession has seen a significant increase in the number of PhDs within its ranks, but as Richard Brown argues, there is some way to go.

“We must support students to progress to higher levels of academic study”, he said. “At present, the vast majority of chiropractors go into private practice, but we want to actively support those students who wish to go into a career in research.”
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