Here is a list of some of the many reasons why the MANTIS database is an important resource to students, physicians and other health care professionals:
The MANTIS database provides doctors throughout the world with vital information to aid in delivering quality patient education and care.
All research begins with a review of existing studies. MANTIS eliminates the need of expending unnecessary resources (time and limited research dollars) attempting to find literature.
STATE SCOPE OF PRACTICE
We have been instrumental in providing research to support chiropractic treatment in states where chiropractic services were being denied or curtailed (e.g. The Texas Worker’s Compensation Board was attempting to deny treatment of all upper extremity problems. Within 24 hours we provided over 80 studies supporting chiropractic treatment for these conditions.)
GUIDELINES / CONSENSES PROCESSES
These endeavors require all available information be gathered and brought to bear on the clinical issue being considered. (The Mercy and other practice guidelines as well as best practice reviews by CCGPP and others were developed with the use of MANTIS. For the Australians we generated hundreds of searches which were used as the foundation for their consensus processes and guidelines).
Virtually all of the chiropractic colleges world wide (now including schools in both Denmark and South Africa) rely on MANTIS as their primary chiropractic information source for faculty and students.
IMAGE OF CHIROPRACTIC
We have been able to place MANTIS online through the world’s largest database vendors i.e. Ovid and Dialog in the United States, and Datastar in Switzerland. These vendors provide a monthly usage report that reflects searches being made by hospitals and clinics throughout the world. MANTIS is also frequently used by governmental organizations like the Center for Disease Control. Throughout the years, we have received many positive comments from the medical community who were not aware of the amount of research supporting chiropractic care.
Searches are frequently asked for by the insurance industry. These searches are usually made to avoid payment for services rendered by chiropractors. Our search service makes sure all possible information is given to support chiropractic treatment. There have been many instances where our information has prevailed in convincing an insurance carrier to pay for specific types of care (e.g. children, respiratory problems, upper extremity conditions, etc.).
We have used MANTIS as well as other relevant databases to provide the vital information required to successfully defend numerous malpractice cases. These requests have come from doctors, attorneys, and malpractice carriers.
NATIONAL & STATE POLITICS
We routinely respond to requests for information resulting from conflicts with medical and physical therapy groups. This usually involves “turf issues” where these groups are seeking to either include spinal manipulation in their practice or limit in some way the practice of chiropractic.
The public is very interested in exploring alternative medicine. This has resulted in a growing number of requests from the public who we are able to provide information and direct them to chiropractic care.
CHIROPRACTIC CONTROL OF MANUAL MEDICINE
Because of MANTIS, the chiropractic profession has a greater percentage of its literature indexed than any other health care discipline. The National Library of Medicine with over 9 million records has only indexed 18% of the biomedical literature. MANTIS is also the only index of osteopathy and manual medical literature. MANTIS places complete command of manipulation research in the hands of the chiropractic profession. The other professions have to and do come to us for that information.