While the CCP Guidelines were developed for a wide variety of interested parties the major group impacted by these guidelines are the consumers of health care services. An overriding theme as regards the establishment of health promotion activities is the concept of patient empowerment.142-143 Patients must have the right to choose the type of health care they desire and not be restricted or forced to acquire their care from practitioners they do not wish to see, to have procedures they do not wish to have nor engage with systems of healing with which they disagree.
Every consumer of health care is ultimately responsible for his/her own health choices and the patient’s expectations should be consistent with the provider’s goals. If the patient perceives those goals as anything different, proper and safe choices cannot be assured. Thus, it is important to recognize that chiropractic is a limited, primary profession which contributes to health in one way by addressing the safe detection, location, and correction or stabilization of vertebral subluxation(s). It is important that the chiropractor take the steps necessary to foster proper patient perception and expectation of the practitioner’s professional goals and responsibilities. Several topics related to this concept of patient preferences are discussed below.
_________________________________________________________ Council on Chiropractic Practice Clinical Practice Guideline Number 1 Vertebral Subluxation in Chiropractic Practice – 2003 Update & Revision