SafetyNET is an academic and professional partnership created to support a culture of safety for spinal manipulation therapy (SMT). We are an interdisciplinary team of leaders in patient safety and SMT with expertise in qualitative, health law, community-based safety, active surveillance, epidemiology, and basic science research, as well as a demonstrated ability to work with decision-makers to create effective change.
SMT, a non-invasive manual procedure applied to specific body tissues with therapeutic intent, is the most common CAM procedure provided in North America. While manipulation is most commonly provided by chiropractors, it is also provided by physiotherapists, physicians and osteopaths. Recent surveys estimate that 50% of Canadians have received SMT, most commonly for back and neck pain. Despite its popularity, there are few formal systems in place to address adverse events associated with SMT.
Our team aims to support a culture of safety around SMT through a multifaceted, collaborative approach. This initiative is strongly endorsed by the professions themselves who will be working closely with us to further enhance the quality of patient care.