Really wishing I had paid more attention to debate class in high school on this February Monday. Todays session included a debate in which the class was split into two. The topics were as follows: chiropractic should NOT partake in integrative care, and chiropractic SHOULD be included in the integrative protocol of patient care. Indeed, as chiropractic students, it was very hard to truly stand behind the debate that supported the individuality and non-collaborative approach of chiropractic in patient care.
The debate got very heated to say the least. Perhaps this represents our passion for the profession, but both sides of the debate had very great points to support both sides of the spectrum.
Strong points shared by the group supporting the non-integrative chiropractic approach touched on keeping chiropractic's strong orthopedic skills and ability to effectively diagnose and not diluted our skill set. Further more, the biases and the perceived ideas of the profession from others was discussed. They explored the idea of keeping our profession separate and allowing it to grow and represent itself as the literature and evidence increases the credibility of our work. As well, they discussed the potential financial benefit remaining individual could bring to DCs in the profession.
On the other side of the debate, the group focused on the importance of patient centred care. This included the benefits of integration like access to thorough patient files, easy access to medial professionals and multiple opinions. Furthermore, we discussed how this integration would allow all collaborating parties to gain a better understanding of each professional's scope of practice and the services they offer to the public.
In the end, the debate was won by the group rooting for the interperfessional integration. Personally, I feel as though both teams had very strong ideas and point to present, all of which should be considered throughout my chiropractic education, and especially as we approach graduation.