In 2017, Cleveland University-Kansas City President Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III, worked with the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) to write a booklet introducing the public to the core concepts of the chiropractic approach to health. The text included highlights of a multitude of research studies supporting the science behind the practice of chiropractic. The initial publication, “Chiropractic: A Safe and Cost Effective Approach to Health,” was published and distributed by the F4CP, and quickly became one of the most sought-after publications by practitioners seeking to provide prospective patients, health policymakers, and members of the general healthcare community, with a concise introduction to chiropractic. Further, the booklet includes links to efficacy, safety, cost-effectiveness studies, and more. The comprehensive booklet became known as “The Definitive Chiropractic Resource” by the F4CP.
Following the success of the initial publication, the F4CP released the second edition of the booklet authored by Cleveland in August 2022 at the Florida Chiropractic Association convention (The National) in Orlando, Fla., and to great acclaim. This version 2.0 is 65 pages, and expands on the original edition with the inclusion of the most up-to-date research, and covers topics such as the emerging role of the profession as part of interdisciplinary care, chiropractic in the military, and chiropractic education and licensure, and in a consumer-friendly, readable format.
“From the U.S. military, and Department of Veterans Affairs Hospitals, and across professional sports teams and the Olympics, and to chiropractic’s inclusion as part of on-site health centers on the corporate campuses of Google, Target, Facebook and Amazon, the examples of increasing cultural authority for our profession continues to expand,” Cleveland said. “Why? Because research is bringing credibility and awareness. Today our profession is armed with outcomes research, evidence of cost effectiveness, and a record of patient satisfaction. Add to this the tragedy of addiction to prescribed pain killers, and we see there has never been a greater need for a non-pharmaceutical approach to health.”
Cleveland shared that students in the first term of their chiropractic education receive a complimentary copy of the booklet on their first day in the Foundations in the Science and Philosophy of Chiropractic course he teaches.
“Students often request additional copies of the booklet just before the break between terms, or before the holidays, to share with others,” Cleveland said. “And, we are always happy to accommodate this, knowing this booklet helps them explain their new career path to family and friends who have not yet been exposed to chiropractic.”
President of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, Dr. Sherry McAllister, notes that thanks to the generous support of NCMIC and Foot Levelers, the second edition is being included in the “New Graduate Practitioner Toolkit,” which is provided to students graduating from each of the chiropractic programs affiliated with the Association of Chiropractic Colleges.
Hard copies of the booklet will be available for purchase at the F4CP.org website, and electronic versions can be accessed at cleveland.edu/currentresearch/.