Wow, the time has flown and the activity level has been high since we last spoke! We are excited to announce that our first publication originating from DO-Touch.NET data, published in the March 2014 Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA), received the George W. Northup, DO, Medical Writing Award (see page 2). Jane C. Johnson, Associate Director of DO-Touch.NET, was honored to accept the award on our behalf. The article, “Preliminary Findings on the Use of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment: Outcomes During the Formation of the Practice-Based Research Network, DO-Touch.NET”, was authored by Brian F. Degenhardt, Jane C. Johnson, Shanin R. Gross, Celia Hagan, Gregg Lund, and William J. Curry.We were also invited by the German Osteopathic Association (VOD) to forge ties extending our capacity to conduct international research. With the help of DO-Touch.NET member Marina Fuhrmann, D.O., Chair of the VOD, we have now established a Regional Coordinating Center in Germany.
We are eager to report that the “Patient-Reported Adverse Events From Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment” study, which began participant recruitment last March, is moving at full steam. We currently have 20 DO-Touch.NET members actively engaged in participant recruitment and an additional 20 are preparing to launch the study at their clinics soon. This means we still need at least an additional 10 clinicians to participate and we want you! This study involves minimal staff time and is easy to administer. If you have never been involved in clinical research before, this is a great starting point! Please contact our Network Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org to see how easy it is to get involved.
Last but not least, I would like to announce information about our next DO-Touch.NET Annual Meeting. This meeting will precede the AAO Convocation in Orlando, FL, on March 16, 2016. Watch your email for further details about this 8-hour CME credit pre-conference workshop which will focus on adverse events in manual medicine. We look forward to seeing you there.
Brian F. Degenhardt, DO
Director of DO-Touch.NET
Director, A.T. Still Research Institute of ATSU