Research represents one of the AOA's strategic priorities to help raise visibility of osteopathic medicine and bring increased awareness for the contributions DOs make to patient care.
To further this effort, the AOA identified five research priorities that would have the greatest potential to impact patient care and evidence-based medicine and to demonstrate the value DOs and their approach to care offer the patient and research communities.
The five research focus areas are:
1. Chronic Diseases & Conditions
The AOA will focus on the effect of osteopathic medicine on prevention, diagnosis and/or treatment of chronic diseases & conditions. More specifically, the AOA encourages research on common chronic diseases with high public health impact and for which “osteopathic” approaches can lead to improvements in patient outcomes and reduction in health care costs.
2. Musculoskeletal Injuries & Preventions
The AOA will focus on the influence of osteopathic medicine on management of musculoskeletal injuries and prevention.
3. Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
The AOA will focus on the impact of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) and osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) (e.g., evaluation of the benefits of OMM & OMT on validated and clinical outcomes, describing the underlying basic science of OMM and OMT and its impact on patient outcomes).
4. Osteopathic Philosophy
The AOA will focus on the impact of osteopathic philosophy on physician training, patient health outcomes, quality of care, communication, system utilization, and patient satisfaction.
5. Pain Management
The AOA will focus on the osteopathic approach to chronic pain management (patient outcomes, enrich quality of life and demonstrate cost effectiveness).