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CP1 - Perceptions of Osteopathy

Poster Type: Research

Category: A. T. Still University

Research Objectives: Community Health Centers (CHC) provide high-quality care to vulnerable people and populations, regardless of their ability to pay. Osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) provides a low-cost treatment option, pairing well with the goals of a CHC. This study assessed awareness and receptiveness towards OMM at the Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services (BJHCHS).

Study Design/Methods: The study consisted of a pre-survey, educational presentation, and post-survey. The study was designed to both gather information and provide a service to the community in the form of education. All participants were patients of BJHCHS who presented for an appointment and agreed to participate. To evaluate participants’ understanding and interest in osteopathy, we collected yes/no dichotomous data and Likert scale ordinal data. We analyzed the data using a relative frequency table along with a paired sample t-test.

Principal Findings and Quantitative/Qualitative Results: There were 29 participants in the study; 29 were approached and all agreed to participate. Our hypothesis was that understanding and receptiveness of OMM would initially be low but would increase after the educational presentation. Key findings included: only 21% of participants had previously heard of osteopathic medicine but after the presentation 100% would consider receiving OMM in the future. Receptiveness to alternative treatment options in general increased significantly (p-value 0.005). We rejected the null hypothesis that familiarity with osteopathy does not correlate with receptiveness to receiving OMM.

Conclusions on Impact on Health Centers: Educating patients about osteopathy increases their receptiveness to OMM. Our project impacted BJHCHS by showing its patients that there are cost-effective treatments available to address common medical conditions, including those which are common to this demographic. We plan to present our findings to BJHCHS later this year. Future research projects could analyze objective physiologic changes in patients before and after OMM treatments, such as changes in blood pressure and heart rate. It could also evaluate patient satisfaction with the OMM modality.


Samuel Parker, OMS-II, ATSU SOMA