Research involving chiropractors is developing in Europe and there is a far greater focus on building research capacity than there was even a decade ago. A number of factors have contributed to this, but prominent amongst these is the need for chiropractic to deliver value if it is to be utilised as part of mainstream healthcare.
Value is in part measured by the existing evidence and in part by the economic advantages of integrating innovative and modern health system delivery. For chiropractic to become more widely available to the public, there must be an active programme of research that clearly demonstrates its benefits, both to patients and to society in general.
The CRC research agenda is informed by the charity’s primary aims and objectives. It is also informed by the areas for research in the chiropractic profession identified by the work of Rubinstein et al (Rubinstein SM, Bolton J, Webb AL, Hartvigsen J. The first research agenda for the chiropractic profession in Europe. Chiropractic and Manual Therapies (2014) 22:9, which can be found at http://www.chiromt.com/content/22/1/9).
The areas of research identified as having greatest utility at the current time are (1) cost-effectivness/economic evaluations; (2) identification of subgroups likely to respond to treatment, and (3) initiation and promotion of collaborative research activities.
The CRC was registered with the Charity Commission on 12 April 2013 (registration number 1151627).