Author: Marc – Daniel Asche
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. med. Sven Jakob
Objektive: To give an example of developing an osteopathic research project and evaluate the challenge and the limitations in osteopathic research efforts. To describe project organisation for osteopathic research and the relevant trial protocol (including statistical design) for approval of the ethics comittee.
Background: Developing professional osteopathic research projects is necessary to emerge data and standards relevant to osteopathic treatment. Refinement of research methodologies and investments in developing osteopathic research infrastructure are important elements to enhance evidence-based osteopathy and necessary efforts in moving this field of research forward. The primary research question is, if an osteopathic treatment can decrease the percentage of inducing labour with medications from 20% down to 10%.
Methods: The Masterthesis gives an example of developing an osteopathic research project. Relevant issues of project organisation, research and the trial protocol (including statistical design) are introduced.
Study design: A Randomized controlled trial (RCT) with sham-treatment group. 334 healthy primiparous pregnant women participate in the study.
Results: The given theoretical framework of an osteopathic research project, is based on matrix-organisation and low-budget. The revised form of the trial protocol has been submitted to the ethics committee in Hamburg. After the consent of the ethics commission and written consent of participants has been granted, the research project can be performed.
Conclusion: Planning and performing osteopathic research needs research infrastructure and investments in scientific project teams. Low-budget research in osteopathy is possible but depends on individual circumstances.
Key words: Osteopathic research; project management; ethics commission; osteopathy and pregnancy; Induction of labour and osteopathy