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One cannot help but wonder if the recent article by Andrew Gilbey and Jose Perezgonzalez1 from the School of Aviation, Massey University is not a further example of poorly researched commentary that, regrettably, the NZMJ is publishing in relation to the chiropractic ‘industry' [sic].Gilbey and Perezgonzalez assert that the New Zealand Chiropractors Association [NZCA] website allows for the use of the title ‘Dr' without qualification."On their homepage, the NZCA assert that chiropractors are entitled to use the title Dr. However, as no mention is made that the title must be qualified, this information is misleading to practitioners as it is not consistent with the code of ethics."1However the following extract, from the homepage of that same website, makes it quite clear.\"Please note: Chiropractors are primary health care providers and are entitled to use the title \"Dr\". Use of the honorary title doctor on this website refers to a Registered Chiropractor not a Registered Medical Practitioner unless specified.\"2As a result, Gilbey and Perezgonzalez appear to have based this whole article on a fiction and mis-truth.This then raises further concerns regarding the validity and objectivity of other statements made, including the reference to the chiropractic register. On the official register of chiropractors in New Zealand, the qualifications of each registrant are listed along with the ‘honorific'.3A simple cross reference and check between the list of registered chiropractors and those staff members of the New Zealand College would have allayed any fears that the authors had of chiropractors mis-representing themselves as medical practitioners, dentists, osteopaths, veterinarians or future Australian physiotherapists, who will have a Doctor of Physiotherapy degree from Melbourne University.Your readers would be better served by discussion involving issues of inter-professional commonality and clinical complementarity, with the objective of improving patient outcomes. This misinformation is it seems little more than a veiled attempt to discredit the chiropractic profession. Corrian Poelsma President, NZCA

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Gilbey A, Perezgonzalez J: Chiropractor code of ethics: the importance of setting a good example. N Z Med J 12-August-2011;124(1340). http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/124-1340/4824/http://www.chiropractic.org.nz/ accessed 16/04/2011.http://www.chiropracticboard.org.nz/The-Register/Full-Register/ accessed 16/04/2011

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One cannot help but wonder if the recent article by Andrew Gilbey and Jose Perezgonzalez1 from the School of Aviation, Massey University is not a further example of poorly researched commentary that, regrettably, the NZMJ is publishing in relation to the chiropractic ‘industry' [sic].Gilbey and Perezgonzalez assert that the New Zealand Chiropractors Association [NZCA] website allows for the use of the title ‘Dr' without qualification."On their homepage, the NZCA assert that chiropractors are entitled to use the title Dr. However, as no mention is made that the title must be qualified, this information is misleading to practitioners as it is not consistent with the code of ethics."1However the following extract, from the homepage of that same website, makes it quite clear.\"Please note: Chiropractors are primary health care providers and are entitled to use the title \"Dr\". Use of the honorary title doctor on this website refers to a Registered Chiropractor not a Registered Medical Practitioner unless specified.\"2As a result, Gilbey and Perezgonzalez appear to have based this whole article on a fiction and mis-truth.This then raises further concerns regarding the validity and objectivity of other statements made, including the reference to the chiropractic register. On the official register of chiropractors in New Zealand, the qualifications of each registrant are listed along with the ‘honorific'.3A simple cross reference and check between the list of registered chiropractors and those staff members of the New Zealand College would have allayed any fears that the authors had of chiropractors mis-representing themselves as medical practitioners, dentists, osteopaths, veterinarians or future Australian physiotherapists, who will have a Doctor of Physiotherapy degree from Melbourne University.Your readers would be better served by discussion involving issues of inter-professional commonality and clinical complementarity, with the objective of improving patient outcomes. This misinformation is it seems little more than a veiled attempt to discredit the chiropractic profession. Corrian Poelsma President, NZCA

Summary

Abstract

Aim

Method

Results

Conclusion

Author Information

Corrian Poelsma, President, NZCA

Acknowledgements

Correspondence

Correspondence Email

Competing Interests

Gilbey A, Perezgonzalez J: Chiropractor code of ethics: the importance of setting a good example. N Z Med J 12-August-2011;124(1340). http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/124-1340/4824/http://www.chiropractic.org.nz/ accessed 16/04/2011.http://www.chiropracticboard.org.nz/The-Register/Full-Register/ accessed 16/04/2011

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One cannot help but wonder if the recent article by Andrew Gilbey and Jose Perezgonzalez1 from the School of Aviation, Massey University is not a further example of poorly researched commentary that, regrettably, the NZMJ is publishing in relation to the chiropractic ‘industry' [sic].Gilbey and Perezgonzalez assert that the New Zealand Chiropractors Association [NZCA] website allows for the use of the title ‘Dr' without qualification."On their homepage, the NZCA assert that chiropractors are entitled to use the title Dr. However, as no mention is made that the title must be qualified, this information is misleading to practitioners as it is not consistent with the code of ethics."1However the following extract, from the homepage of that same website, makes it quite clear.\"Please note: Chiropractors are primary health care providers and are entitled to use the title \"Dr\". Use of the honorary title doctor on this website refers to a Registered Chiropractor not a Registered Medical Practitioner unless specified.\"2As a result, Gilbey and Perezgonzalez appear to have based this whole article on a fiction and mis-truth.This then raises further concerns regarding the validity and objectivity of other statements made, including the reference to the chiropractic register. On the official register of chiropractors in New Zealand, the qualifications of each registrant are listed along with the ‘honorific'.3A simple cross reference and check between the list of registered chiropractors and those staff members of the New Zealand College would have allayed any fears that the authors had of chiropractors mis-representing themselves as medical practitioners, dentists, osteopaths, veterinarians or future Australian physiotherapists, who will have a Doctor of Physiotherapy degree from Melbourne University.Your readers would be better served by discussion involving issues of inter-professional commonality and clinical complementarity, with the objective of improving patient outcomes. This misinformation is it seems little more than a veiled attempt to discredit the chiropractic profession. Corrian Poelsma President, NZCA

Summary

Abstract

Aim

Method

Results

Conclusion

Author Information

Corrian Poelsma, President, NZCA

Acknowledgements

Correspondence

Correspondence Email

Competing Interests

Gilbey A, Perezgonzalez J: Chiropractor code of ethics: the importance of setting a good example. N Z Med J 12-August-2011;124(1340). http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/124-1340/4824/http://www.chiropractic.org.nz/ accessed 16/04/2011.http://www.chiropracticboard.org.nz/The-Register/Full-Register/ accessed 16/04/2011

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