Examination of the Scope and Quantity of Published Osteopathic Research (1999-2000) Identified Using the Search Words Osteopath, Osteopathy and Osteopathic
- AOMR Inc.
- Publication Type:
- Journal Article
- Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 2001, 4 (2), pp. 56 - 61
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Objective: To examine the scope and standard of osteopathic research published in English during the 12 month period, commencing February 1999. Method: Online search of relevant data bases (Medline, Health Star, Biological Abstracts, CINAHL, Current Contents) using search words osteopath, osteopathy, osteopathic to locate original research articles. All articles were examined in relation to standard and completeness of methodology. Main Findings: Thirteen articles met the inclusion criteria; seven were published in osteopathic journals and six in international journals of medicine or physiotherapy. All five that reported experimental or clinical research into osteopathy employed appropriate standards of scientific rigour and methodology. The remaining eight studies were surveys from the United States of America (USA). Four highlighted the different role of osteopaths in the USA, where they are part of the medical fraternity, performing many of the functions of a general practitioner. Conclusion: The limited research published during the 12 month period in journals accessible on electronic databases is likely in part to reflect to the recency of expansion of undergraduate and postgraduate programs in osteopathy in universities. Attention is drawn to possible problems for identifying published osteopathic research, stemming from the failure of authors to include osteopathic terms in text, title and key word listing. It is recommended that researchers are made aware of the need to include osteopathic key words as recognition of its status as a unique health discipline.
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