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The rationale for including osteopathic manipulative treatment in the management of infections: a hermeneutic review

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As the prevalence of drug-resistant infections continues to outpace the development of new antibiotics, we must explore all reasonable options for enhancing the effectiveness of existing anti-infectives. The emergence of novel pathogens without initial drug treatments or vaccines, typified by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 pandemic, further underscores the need for non-pharmacologic adjunctive measures […]

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Osteopaths’ Perspectives on Patient Adherence to Self-Management Strategies: A Qualitative Content Analysis

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Self-management strategies (SMS) have been found to positively affect healthcare outcomes. However, clinicians often encounter patients with differing levels of adherence to SMS, making it an imperative to recognise and manage the factors underpinning patient adherence to such strategies. To this end, this study explored practitioner-perceived barriers and enablers that affect patient adherence to SMS […]

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Cost comparison of osteopathic manipulative treatment for patients with chronic low back pain

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Chronic low back pain (cLBP) is the second leading cause of disability in the United States, with significant physical and financial implications. Development of a multifaceted treatment plan that is cost effective and optimizes patients’ ability to function on a daily basis is critical. To date, there have been no published prospective studies comparing the […]

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Prognostic factors for pain chronicity in low back pain: a systematic review

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Low back pain is the leading cause for years lived in disability. Most people with acute low back pain improve rapidly, but 4% to 25% of patients become chronic. Since the previous systematic reviews on the subject, a large number of new studies have been conducted. The objective of this article was to review the […]

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Direct and mediated effects of treatment context on low back pain outcome: a prospective cohort study

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Contextual components of treatment previously associated with patient outcomes include the environment, therapeutic relationship and expectancies. Questions remain about which components are most important, how they influence outcomes and comparative effects across treatment approaches. We aimed to identify significant and strong contextual predictors of patient outcomes, test for psychological mediators and compare effects across three […]

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Digital health technologies for osteopaths and allied healthcare service providers: A scoping review

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Digital health technologies are poised to revolutionise the healthcare industry by improving accessibility to services and patient outcomes. The novel coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges for the delivery of allied healthcare and has catalysed rapid adoption of telehealth. As such, allied healthcare consumers and providers stand to benefit from the capabilities of […]

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Effect of osteopathic manipulative therapy on pulmonary function testing in children with asthma

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Asthma is a leading cause of pediatric chronic illness, and poor disease control can lead to decreased quality of life and impaired academic performance. Although osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) has been shown to have positive effects on pulmonary function in adult patient populations, less is known about its impact in children. The objectives of this study […]

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Central sensitisation in chronic pain conditions: latest discoveries and their potential for precision medicine

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Chronic pain is a leading cause of disability globally and associated with enormous health-care costs. The discrepancy between the extent of tissue damage and the magnitude of pain, disability, and associated symptoms represents a diagnostic challenge for rheumatology specialists. Central sensitisation, defined as an amplification of neural signalling within the CNS that elicits pain hypersensitivity, […]

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Sham treatment effects in manual therapy trials on back pain patients: a systematic review and pairwise meta-analysis

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The objective of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to assess the effects and reliability of sham procedures in manual therapy (MT) trials in the treatment of back pain (BP) in order to provide methodological guidance for clinical trial development … MORE

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Patient reported outcomes in a large cohort of patients receiving osteopathic care in the United Kingdom

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The use of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) to evaluate care is being advocated increasingly in clinical settings. Electronic data capture is both resource and environmentally friendly and convenient. The purpose of this study was to test and implement a nationwide system to collect routine PROM data from osteopathic patients using a web and mobile […]

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