The chiropractic profession, which considers itself “patient-centred”, has long been associated with high levels of patient satisfaction. In this paper, we seek to explore the ideas of patient-centred and evidence-based patient care and how they apply to chiropractic practice. The purpose of this paper is to introduce and clarify the idea of patient centred care. The aim is to demonstrate how development of PCC in clinical practice can be beneficial both clinician and patient by allowing the former to influence, rather than control, behaviour and to develop a two-way partnership. However, the current authors argue that the hesitancy or inability to use external, critically appraised evidence to guide the decision making processes and a mono-therapeutic approach to patient management appear to be possible barriers to true PCC within the chiropractic profession.
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