DO-Touch.NET is a network of member clinics that work toward gathering information from patients who receive osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) to learn more about how patients respond to OMT. The network has members across the United States in order to learn from a diverse population.
Our Executive Committee consists of administrative representatives from each network member. This committee meets monthly to guide the direction of the network, offer ongoing monitoring of the protocol and process, share ideas for future developments, and provide direction to the administrative team.
Site Directors and Site Coordinators are on-site at each member clinic to ensure the success of the program at their agency. They are the local champions of this network and work diligently to ensure protocol adherence and successful recruitment of patients and data collection. Initial set-up and training are provided at their site. Site Coordinators meet monthly for ongoing support and guidance.
Participating physicians at each site promote the success of the program at their agency by providing participant conditions and treatment information. Additionally, each year, participating physicians complete a background questionnaire sharing information about their education and training.
Patient participation in the research network is critical to the success of the program. Willing patients voluntarily share information during the office visit with the research assistant who enters it into an electronic data collection system. Patients complete a brief follow-up questionnaire for seven days after their visit. This information is also entered into the data collection system.
The collected data is routinely evaluated and analyzed. Reports are developed periodically to share information with members. Published articles will be shared with the medical community and translated for use in the clinical environment to provide evidence-based quality care for patients seeking OMT.