Policy on Culturally Safe and Sensitive Practice

The College of Chiropractors of British Columbia has adopted the following policy in an effort to support the need for culturally appropriate health care services.

Good practice involves genuine efforts to understand the cultural needs and contexts of different patients to obtain good health outcomes. This includes:

a) having knowledge of, respect for and sensitivity towards the cultural needs of the community chiropractors serve, including those of Indigenous Canadians and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds;

b) acknowledging the social, economic, cultural and behavioural factors influencing health, both at individual and population levels;

c) understanding that a chiropractor’s own culture and beliefs influence his or her interactions with patients; and,

d) adapting practice to improve engagement with patients and health care outcomes.

Thanks to the Chiropractic Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency for their permission to adopt their position statement from the Code of Conduct for Chiropractors.