Objective: Chiropractors have realized significant professional growth within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) over the past decade, which was recently accelerated by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. Most, if not all, of the published literature from VHA chiropractors have come from clinician-scientists and focused on describing their clinical settings. The objectives of our proposed scoping review are to explore the peer-reviewed literature, map research evidence, identify overarching themes and commonalities, and produce a gap analysis.
Methods: This study will follow the guidelines set forth by the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis scoping review extension (PRISMA-ScR). This approach includes: 1) formulating the research questions, 2) identifying relevant studies, 3) selecting the literature, 4) charting the data, 5) collating, summarizing, and reporting the results, and 6) consultation with key stakeholders. Peer-reviewed and grey literature will be included if authored by current and prior chiropractors working within VHA. Only publications written in the English language will be considered. All databases included will be searched since 2004. The scoping review was registered in the Open Science Framework (OSF), DOI: 10.17605/OSF.IO/XGJ52.
Discussion: The results of the proposed scoping review will be disseminated through scientific publication, conferences and future workshops with stakeholders relevant to VHA and chiropractic. Appraising the current themes of the literature may help stakeholders to prioritize research questions and assist with the development of research mentorship.
Author keywords: Veterans Health Services, Review
Author affiliations: CJD: VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Tacoma, Washington, United States; ZAC, MTA: Butler VA Healthcare, Butler, Pennsylvania, United States; ZAC: Institute for Clinical Research Education, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States; RMP: Washington D.C. VA Medical Center, Washington D.C., United States; MDR: Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center, Spokane, Washington, United States; MPB: Finger Lakes VA Health Care System, Bath, New York, United States; SAW: Logan University, Chesterfield, Missouri, United States
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