What alternative health

practitioners might not tell you



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In this recent investigation which focused on approaches to consent of a small sample of practicing UK chiropractors, only 23% reported that they always discussed serious risk with their patients, and over one third did not advise patients of alternative available treatments. J. M. Langworthy and C. le Fleming, Institute of Musculoskeletal Research and Clinical Implementation, AECC, UK (Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, January 2005)

NOTE: As regulated health professionals, UK chiropractors are required to obtain informed consent from their patients to ensure that patients understand the principal benefits, risks and alternatives regarding their proposed treatment. Failure to do so contravenes the UK General Chiropractic Council's code of practice. It should also be noted that, should a patient experience complications, there doesn't appear to be a widely publicised, efficient reporting system in place in the UK for chiropractors and their patients to report adverse events related to chiropractic treatment. Interestingly, the UK General Chiropractic Council's current promotional literature appears to make no mention of serious risks.