This commentary brings the 2017–2019 thematic series What is Chiropractic? to a close. The 18 papers published in the series contribute to a better understanding of what chiropractic is, where chiropractors practice and function, who seeks their care, what chiropractors do, and how they interact with other healthcare professionals. Several papers in the series highlighted deeply rooted disagreements within chiropractic about fundamental issues pertaining to ideology, acceptance of scientific evidence as the basis for clinical practice and the future of chiropractic. If the chiropractic profession is to remain relevant in today’s evidence-based healthcare environment, there is an urgent for the profession to undertake further research to describe what chiropractic is, what chiropractors do, and provide evidence for the value of these activities to patients and healthcare decision makers.
Author keywords: Chiropractic; Debate; Disability; Education; X-ray
Author affiiliations: JH: Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark; JH, SDF: Nordic Institute of Chiropractic, Odense, Denmark; SDF: Department of Chiropractic, Macquarie University, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Thematic series: What is chiropractic?