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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Delphine Sorondo, DC, MSc, PhD (candidate)

  • Program of study: PhD, EpidemiologyDelphine Sorondo
  • Institution: UMR1295, Toulouse III University, Inserm, Equipe EQUITY, a constitutive team of CERPOP, Toulouse, France
  • Project title: Guidelines’ utilization regarding musculoskeletal disorders’ assessment and management
  • Project background: Making practitioners users of guidelines is an important challenge to improve patients’ quality of care. The utilization of clinical practice guidelines by clinicians is influenced by determinants as barriers and facilitators. A better understanding of clinicians’ behaviour influencers is necessary to implement their utilization and orient targeted interventions. In France, the first guidelines about the assessment and the management of neck pain and associated disorders have been published in 2017 for chiropractors. The French college of chiropractic (IFEC) needs feedbacks about interns’ influencers and their conformity in practice with the guideline in 2021. This step will be useful to improve guidelines’ education and implementation. The French professional association (AFC) will use these findings to update the guidelines and improve communication with chiropractors.
  • Project objectives: The aim of this doctoral thesis is to: 
    •  Describe determinants as barriers and facilitators having an influence on clinicians’ guidelines utilization when assessing and managing musculoskeletal disorders.
    • Develop a survey based on findings from the first objective and apply it to a pilot group of chiropractors and chiropractic interns to study its feasibility.
    • Conduct this survey in a population of chiropractic interns to determine 1) determinants of guidelines use or non-use 2) conformity of practice by referring to the French guidelines 3) association between determinants and conformity of practice.
  • Funding sources:
    • Institut Franco-Européen de Chiropraxie (French Chiropractic College)
  • Committee Members: 
    • Cyrille Delpierre, PhD (UMR1295, Toulouse III University, Inserm, Equipe EQUITY, constitutive team of CERPOP, Toulouse, France)
    • Pierre Côté, PhD (Ontario Tech University, Oshawa, Canada)
    • Nadège Lemeunier (UMR1295, Toulouse III University, Inserm, Equipe EQUITY, constitutive team of CERPOP, Toulouse, France)