The Doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.

Thomas A. Edison

Chiropractic and Health Care in the Future.

Maybe Edison's quote will come to fruition, maybe it won't. Regardless, interdiciplinary collaboration is here to stay. As the studies documenting the efficacy of various non-medical treatment regimens pile up, health care professionals increasingly see the benefits of working together in order to best help their patients. As governments endeavour to find the most cost-effective health care policies, the time of individual practitioners of various kinds practicing in ivory towers without questioning of their authority or practices are gone. In the future results will be king – the best practices will win, regardless of where they come from (just consider the level of acceptance of acupuncture 10 or 15 years ago). There are a few, very vocal holdouts here and there. Wishing for the good old days of unchecked power to never go away, they frantically attempt with mudslinging, namecalling and distorsions to reduce the acceptance of new approaches and hold on to a time slipping away from them. But like the dinosaurs they too will dissapear into oblivion, letting the rest of us go about our business of helping patients to the best of our ability and collaborating in networks of professionals to maximize results. As patients continue to get increasingly more sophisticated, informed and networked, they will use their own research about results and ”customer satisfaction” and choose care that they feel is effective and appropriate for their condition, regardless of endorsements from the entrenched authorities.