Roadmap to Care

The Roadmap to Care outlines what patients can expect from their chiropractor to ensure the best possible care and treatment.

Chiropractic is a regulated health profession in Alberta. Chiropractors in Alberta are registered and regulated by the College of Chiropractors of Alberta (CCOA) to ensure patients receive safe, competent and ethical chiropractic care. For more information about the college's role, please click here


Before treatment begins, your chiropractor will ask about your health history and any concerns you have.


Your chiropractor will explain what examinations, tests and procedures will be performed, and will explain anything you don't understand. You are welcome and encouraged to ask questions about any aspect of your care.


After your examination is complete, your chiropractor will explain their findings and provide their best diagnosis, available treatment options, and other expectations. Your chiropractor may refer you to another health care provider to help facilitate your care. You are welcome and encouraged to ask questions about any aspect of your care.

 Informed Consent

Once you understand the treatment plan, benefits and risks, and have been able to ask any questions you have, you will be asked to provide your consent to care. At any stage of your treatment where new, different, or alternative care is being proposed, your chiropractor will have another conversation with you about these changes. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, and then you will be asked again to consent to care.

 Visit Notes

As part of ongoing treatment, chiropractors are required to document your treatment and care. These notes are written by your chiropractor based on your interactions. These notes are kept private and secure. As the patient, you may request a copy be made available to you or any other appropriate health care provider.

The Roadmap to Care is part of your chiropractor's commitment to safe, competent and ethical patient care.

The CCOA encourages regulated members to post the roadmap in their clinics to share it with patients.