No, a referral is not required to see a chiropractor. Chiropractic doctors are primary health care providers.
Visits to a chiropractor’s office are similar to what one might experience at any other health clinic. Under BC legislation including the Health Professions Act, there is a strict set of guidelines and objectives that each chiropractic doctor must adhere to when evaluating and treating patients.
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Read the Patient’s Charter of Rights
Chiropractic doctors are bound to several different legislative requirements:
- The Health Professions Act (HPA)
- Chiropractic Regulations
- CCBC Bylaws
- Professional Conduct Handbook
In addition, there is other legislation that is not specific to health care that chiropractors must also be mindful of, including but not limited to:
- Criminal Code of Canada
- Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection Act (FIPPA)
- Limitations Act of BC
- Consent Act
- Canadian Anti-Spam Laws
All health care providers are required to provide informed consent to the patient prior to the delivery of any services or treatment. There are several components that a chiropractic doctor must complete to provide informed consent:
- Provide a diagnosis
- Discuss treatment options
- Inform the patient of alternative treatment or care types
- Anticipated outcomes from care
- Advise the patient of costs associated with treatment
- Obtain the patient’s consent including a written consent to proceed with treatment.
- Ensure that the patient understands all of the above.
It is paramount that the chiropractic doctor communicates clearly with the patient to convey all of the parameters involved with informed consent so that the patient then has the information to make an informed choice about their health care.
The CCBC is required to publish disciplinary actions for serious matters. There are two ways to find disciplinary actions for chiropractors:
1. Go to the Professional Conduct Notices page. Please note that this page only displays discipline notices for one year.
2. Go to the “Find a Chiropractor” page and search for a chiropractor. If they were disciplined in BC at any time, the notice appears with their information.
The CCBC maintains an up to date registry of chiropractic doctors in BC. Please visit the “Find a Chiropractor” tool to search for your chiropractic doctor or one near you. All chiropractors, regardless of status are listed so it is important to note the words “Full registrant” as their current status.
Yes. Upon registration or reinstatement, chiropractic doctors are required to complete a Canadian criminal record check for working with children and vulnerable adults. If the chiropractor has also worked in a jurisdiction outside of Canada, the CCBC requires a criminal record check from that jurisdiction.
Every five years, each chiropractic doctor is required to complete another criminal record check. By law, all registrants and authorities are required to report any convictions to the CCBC.
The CCBC through the Quality Assurance Committee is tasked with ensuring the clinical competency of chiropractic doctors in BC. All chiropractic doctors must complete at least 40 hours of continuing education every two year cycle that directly relates to the scope of practice of chiropractic.
The CCBC can also mandate specific courses or learning events for registrants as needed within a continuing education cycle, for example, boundaries and sensitivities training, clinical record keeping seminars or privacy compliance training.
To become a chiropractic doctor, individuals must have at least 3 years of post-secondary education with a focus on science and biology studies. Many students also obtain their bachelor of science prior to attending an accredited chiropractic college. The doctor of chiropractic degree involves a four-year program at an accredited school.
In addition, the CCBC requires that all chiropractic doctors complete 40 hours of continuing education every two years to maintain their clinical competency. These learning events must fall within the scope of practice of chiropractic and demonstrate a benefit to patient care.
Your health and safety are the most important reason why you should make sure that your chiropractor is licensed in BC. The CCBC sets the minimum standards to practice in this province which include:
- Graduation from an accredited chiropractic college,
- Completion of the Canadian Chiropractic Exam (CCEB Canada),
- Ongoing continuing education requirements,
- Criminal record checks upon registration and every 5 years,
- Review of clinical practice every 5 years and,
- Compliance with all governing legislation and guidelines.
Standards are put in place to ensure that you receive appropriate and safe care. It is illegal to practice chiropractic in BC without registration through the CCBC.