Call for Research Proposals to Reduce Opioid Use in Pain Management: OMM Collaborative Investigation

January 07, 2021

The AACOM Opioid Advisory Task Force is organizing a multi-institutional study on the use of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) as an adjuvant to reduce analgesics (including NSAIDs, APAP and opioids) in pain management. The deadline to submit your proposal by January 22, 2021.

The Task Force welcomes both basic science and clinical researchers in the osteopathic medical education community to submit project ideas. Projects should have the ability to be carried out across multiple colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) and apply a defined, specific set of techniques to all patients who present with the same diagnosis (e.g., ankle sprain). Projects must include a group that receives sham manipulative treatment to clearly differentiate touch from actual manipulation. An example of sham manipulative treatment used in research can be found in this peer-reviewed, AOA-funded clinical study (Goldstein et al. 2005). Measurements should include daily, self-reported pain (0-10 scale) and dose of analgesic(s) if taken during the study.

On behalf of this collaborative effort, the Task Force intends to apply for support from an extramural funding source. Potential funders will be determined after the project and sites have been identified.

If you or your colleagues would like to submit an investigation for consideration, please send a summary (two-page maximum), which includes:

  • Title
  • Introduction
  • Method
  • Use of OMM
  • Data to be collected
  • Anticipated results and timeframe
  • Cost

Please email project ideas to aacomgr@aacom.org by Friday, January 22, 2021. Questions may also be directed to the co-chairs of this effort, who are noted below. The submitted studies will be reviewed and a meeting with participating COMs will be held to discuss next steps.

Co-Chairs: Subcommittee on National OMM Research Investigation

Frederick J. Goldstein, PhD, FCP
Professor of Clinical Pharmacology
Dept of Bio-Medical Sciences
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Susan St Pierre, DO
Assistant ProfessorPrimary Care Department
College of Osteopathic MedicineTouro University California