To my knowledge no chiropractor has ever been held liable for not making a diagnosis when he informed the potential patient/practice member that he did not and would not perform that service. Many have been held responsible for making an incorrect one. It seems to me that the likelihood is greater if you try to perform that service and lessened if you do not.

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  1. Steve 10/23/2013, 7:37 pm:

    I heard something at a seminar recently and would love to hear the NTOC view. “Chiropractors diagnose/treat Subluxations”. Having been raised by a TSC I do not use those words.

    PS If your work was digitized on a CD I could look it up, just sayin’.

  2. RichieBDC 10/23/2013, 7:47 pm:

    Full Definition of DIAGNOSIS
    a : the art or act of identifying a disease from its signs and symptoms
    b : the decision reached by diagnosis
    : a concise technical description of a taxon
    a : investigation or analysis of the cause or nature of a condition, situation, or problem
    b : a statement or conclusion from such an analysis

  3. Don 10/23/2013, 10:08 pm:

    In lieu of the term Diagnosis I have heard some authorities willing to accept something called a “Clinical Impression”. This term is one to be used in the absence of a clear diagnosis, a working diagnosis or clinical impression must be determined. The term “clear” and the clarity of what this term actually means seem to be an issue though.

    I’m curious, does the OP also apply to what seem to be variants of the terms Diagnosis as well?

  4. Steve 10/25/2013, 3:37 pm:

    Vol 27.
    “DIAGNOSIS”:—In general, a scientific determination or
    discrimination, used in botany for the determination of plants for
    classification, in medicine, for the determination of disease by their
    symptoms. This discrimination OF A DISEASE embraces its points of distinction from other diseases, its symptoms, their relation to one
    another, and to the state of the different organs and functions of the
    We prefer another term—analysis. Analysis goes to taproot of QUANTITY.

  5. Steve 10/25/2013, 5:19 pm:

    “ANALYSIS: A RESOLUTION OF ANYTHING, whether an object of the
    senses or of the intellect, INTO CONSTITUENT PARTS OR ELEMENTS; an
    examination of component parts, SEPARATELY OR IN THEIR RELATION TO
    THE WHOLE, as the words which compose a sentence, the tones of a tune, or the
    simple propositions which enter into an argument.”

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