Collaboration

One of the most important elements of clinical research involves the successful recruitment of patients. Previous studies of chiropractic practices reveal that word-of-mouth and patient referrals are superior methods of advertising. A similar trend is often observed in the recruitment of patients for clinical trials.

In an effort to gain greater public exposure and establish a positive rapport with the community, researchers at the Parker Research Institute devote a significant portion of their time to various community health events/projects and organizations. Patients are not only presented with the opportunity to participate in research that might be of importance to them, but they become educated about chiropractic wellness and the benefits of chiropractic care to their overall health and well being.

Perhaps the motivation to make a difference in the lives of community members may best be described in a thank you letter from a former patient, “It pleases me to just be noticed and considered.”

Past, Present, and Future Community Projects and Collaborations

  1. Collaboration with City of Dallas Police Department 2005
    • Police officers served as one of two sample groups in a research study investigating the prevalence of job stress, musculoskeletal disorders, stress management, and past history of chiropractic care
    • This study constituted the foundation for a follow-up study designed to investigate chiropractic care in the management of perceived job stress and associated musculoskeletal conditions
  2. Collaboration with City of Irving Police Department 2005
    • Police officers served as a second sample group in a research study designed to investigate job stress, stress management, musculoskeletal disorders, and past history of chiropractic care
  3. Lakeside Baptist Church Health & Safety Fair 2005
    • Interns performed balance testing, helped screen and recruit participants for chronic pain, and talked with people about chiropractic, balance, and other health issues
    • Provided health literature relating to the benefits of chiropractic care, home safety, and nutrition for the elderly</li
  4. Health Talks at Local Support Groups 2005
    • DFW Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Support Group
    • Methodist Dallas Medical Center (MDMC) Chronic Pain Support Group
    • MDMC Osteoporosis Support Group
    • MDMC Diabetes Support Group
  5. Eddy Dean’s Ranch Health Fair 2005
    • Participation in health fair for seniors of the Dallas Metroplex with over 50 local vendors and health care providers
    • Interns performed balance testing and helped recruit patients for chronic pain study
  6. Brady Social Center (services for disabled, homeless and elderly people) 2004-2005
    • Ongoing working relationship with the center, providing balance testing and health talks
  7. Senior Boom Expo 2004
    • Participation in health fair for seniors with nearly 100 health care organizations and vendors
    • Performed balance testing to identify balance problems and recruit patients for research study (testing performed by interns and doctor)
    • Provided health literature relating to the benefits of chiropractic care, home safety, and nutrition for the elderly</li
  8. Collaboration with City of Irving (Dr. Phil’s Weight Loss Challenge 2003)
    • Interns assessed patients’ vitals and height/weight measurements
    • Provided research assistance with data collection
  9. Collaboration with Carrollton/Farmers Branch Independent School District – R. L. Turner High School, School of Biomedicine 2002
    • Assessed high school students for musculoskeletal problem
    • Observation of students for backpack safety (style of backpacks worn, pattern of wearing backpacks, and the type of shoes worn)

Surveyed students about pain and on factors related to the Profile of Mood States inventory

Working with Others Nationally and Internationally

A significant portion of research conducted at the Parker Research Institute has been made possible through collaborations with various educational institutions and organizations across the U.S. and abroad. These collaboration efforts add diversity and specialized expertise to our research projects, greatly influencing the quality of research produced at the Parker Research Institute.