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11 Professional Development

RECOMMENDATION – Addition:

The science, art and philosophy of chiropractic, and hence its practice, continues to expand in understanding and development. Continuing professional development, as in all responsible health professions, is a necessary component of maintaining a high standard for both the practitioner and the profession. Continuing development should be directed to areas germane to each individual practice, including but not limited to credentialing, continuing education programs, participation in professional organizations, technique protocols and application, radiographic and other imaging, instrumentation, philosophy, research, practice liability issues, legal issues, and ethics.

Since all state licensing jurisdictions are ultimately responsible for patient health and safety, these guidelines recommend that all subjects congruent with state law be considered appropriate for continuing education credits in respective states.

Rating: Established Evidence: E, L

Commentary - Addition

Continuing professional development is currently widely mandated by most licensing jurisdictions, or encouraged through most professional organizations. Perhaps the most compelling reason for advocating this type of on-going education is to afford practitioners the opportunity to keep abreast of the most current developments in chiropractic which serve to enhance patient care and safety. To maintain the continuing level of education (both voluntary and mandatory) an affordable fee for even the beginning practitioner is desirable.

The fact that most programs are conducted by individuals skilled in the topics presented also provides a high level of knowledge and information delivered in a relatively short period. Thus, professional development serves not only the practitioner, but also the patient through a broad base of acquired skills that benefit both.

In addition to formal postgraduate education courses, other opportunities for professional development may include:

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    Reading scholarly journals

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    Attending scientific symposia

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    Participation in research

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    Publication of clinical and scientific papers

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    Audio and videocassette courses

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    Teleclasses

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    Distance education programs

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_________________________________________________________ Council on Chiropractic Practice Clinical Practice Guideline Number 1 Vertebral Subluxation in Chiropractic Practice – 2003 Update & Revision

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