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COVID-19: How has a global pandemic changed manual therapy technique education in chiropractic programs around the world?

journal contribution
posted on 31.08.2021, 21:55 by Katie E de Luca, Marcus McDonald, Laura Montgomery, Stephen Sharp, Anika Young, Simon Vella, Michelle M Holmes, Sasha Aspinall, Danica Brousseau, Chris Burrell, David Byfield, Dawn DaneDawn Dane, Philip Dewhurst, Aron Downie, Roger Engel, Brian Gleberzon, Dana Hollandsworth, Anne Molgaard Nielsen, Laura O’Connor, David Starmer, Michael Tunning, Paul Wanlass, Simon D French
Background: Manual therapy is a cornerstone of chiropractic education, whereby students work towards a level of skill and expertise that is regarded as competent to work within the field of chiropractic. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, chiropractic programs in every region around the world had to make rapid changes to the delivery of manual therapy technique education, however what those changes looked like was unknown. Aims: The aims of this study were to describe the immediate actions made by chiropractic programs to deliver education for manual therapy techniques and to summarise the experience of academics who teach manual therapy techniques during the initial outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: A qualitative descriptive approach was used to describe the immediate actions made by chiropractic programs to deliver manual therapy technique education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chiropractic programs were identified from the webpages of the Councils on Chiropractic Education International and the Council on Chiropractic Education – USA. Between May and June 2020, a convenience sample of academics who lead or teach in manual therapy technique in those programs were invited via email to participate in an online survey with open-ended questions. Responses were entered into the NVivo software program and analysed using a reflexive thematic analysis by a qualitative researcher independent to the data collection.

History

Volume

29

Issue

1

Start Page

1

End Page

11

Number of Pages

11

eISSN

2045-709X

ISSN

2045-709X

Publisher

Springer

Publisher License

CC BY

Additional Rights

CC BY 4.0

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

Acceptance Date

07/01/2021

Era Eligible

Yes

Medium

Electronic

Journal

Chiropractic & Manual Therapies

Article Number

7