Dr. Ian Coulter

Ian Coulter, PhD, is a senior health policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, where he holds the Samueli Institute Chair in Policy for Integrative Medicine. He is a full professor in the School of Dentistry, UCLA, in the Division of Public Health and Community Dentistry; a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School; and a research professor at the Southern California University of Health Sciences.

Dr. Coulter has published over 200 articles, chapters and books. He is the past Vice President for Integrative Medicine at the Samueli Institute.  He has had numerous grants from NIH and the DoD. For the past 20 years he has taught ethics and research ethics at UCLA and to various professional bodies throughout the United States. He currently teaches Professional Ethics/Research Ethics in the Pediatric Dentist Residency Program at the UCLA School of Dentistry.

Dr. Coulter was born in New Zealand and holds degrees in sociology from the University of Canterbury (B.A., M.A. Honors) and the London School of Economics & Political Science (Ph.D.) and an honorary doctorate in humanities from the Southern California University of Health Sciences. He was a Pew Fellow at the RAND/ University of California at Los Angeles, Center for Health Policy Study from which he received a certificate in health policy analysis. Additional qualifications include a diploma in educational management from the Institute of Educational Management, Harvard University. He is also a past President of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.

And…more specifically regarding his research that relates to this interview, Dr. Coulter was an author of the recent JAMA article on adding chiropractic care to usual medical care, and lead author on the recent Spine Journal systematic review on spinal manipulation and chronic LBP. In addition, he is currently lead investigator of the CERC project (funded at over $8 million) to investigate chiropractors and their patients for Clinician Based Appropriateness, Outcomes Based Appropriateness, Patient Preferences Appropriateness and Resource Utilization Based Appropriateness.

View Dr. Coulter’s RAND page here.

How to cite this episode:
Smith DL. Chiropractic Science: Dr. Ian Coulter Discusses Research in JAMA, Appropriateness and Contextual Factors in Chiropractic Care [internet]. Eaton, Ohio; July 10, 2018. Podcast: 1:19:47. Available from: https://chiropracticscience.com/podcast/driancoulter/

Research discussed in this episode with Dr. Coulter include:

Goertz CM, Long CR, Vining RD, Pohlman KA, Walter J, Coulter I. Effect of Usual Medical Care Plus Chiropractic Care vs Usual Medical Care Alone on Pain and Disability Among US Service Members With Low Back PainA Comparative Effectiveness Clinical Trial. JAMA Network Open. 2018;1(1):e180105. 

Coulter ID, Crawford C, Hurwitz EL, Vernon H, Khorsan R, Suttorp Booth M, Herman PM. Manipulation and mobilization for treating chronic low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Spine J. 2018 May;18(5):866-879. 

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