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BSO research projects and publications

At the British School of Osteopathy, we are currently focused on several broad research areas either independently or in co-operation with other professionals, bodies or colleagues around the world.

Ongoing projects:

  • CROaM
  • A Research Informed Teaching award from the University of Bedfordshire entitled "Work-Related Attitudes and Behaviour in Faculty Clinicians Treating Back Pain: Narrowing the Knowledge Gap between Evidence and Teaching".
  • Process and outcome in the management of patients with low back pain.
  • Outcome and meaning of osteopathy for specific patient groups, for example the elderly and people with HIV/AIDS.
  • Investigating spinal shape variation and its relationship to low back pain.
  • The philosophical and conceptual basis of osteopathic healthcare.

Our research is constantly evolving so please contact us if you have an interest in an area not specifically mentioned here.

Research and Treatment Bulletin (RTB)

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RTB is a not-for-profit publication that aims to provide a review of the most important advances related to clinical osteopathic management and research.

  • The BSO has successfully published an in-house journal, the Osteopathic Research and Treatment Bulletin (ORTB), since the beginning of 2001.
  • Following negotiations in 2007 with the leading journal in the field of osteopathy this initiative evolved into a subsection of The International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine (IJOM) and is now published as the Research and Treatment Bulletin (RTB).
  • This joint venture sees the BSO acting as subsection coordinator, with the publishing now handled by Elsevier - the world's leading publisher of science and health information.

An RTB subsection has been incorporated into IJOM throughout 2008 with an expanding pool of contributors from osteopathic educational institutions as well as private practitioners internationally.

Although the RTB now reaches a far wider audience, it remains an integral part of the research and scholarship strategy at the BSO. As a review of recent publications and conference reports with relevance to the field of osteopathy, it keeps staff informed and up-to-date. Encouraging academic staff to review papers and write reports on meetings also provides opportunities for the development of key skills in critical reading and writing.

An expanded edition, to run alongside the IJOM supplement, is scheduled for in-house publication in 2009. In addition to the IJOM materials this will give additional space and scope for a larger number of articles generated by the BSO faculty. It will also contain a directory of continuing professional development (CPD) activities and relevant upcoming meetings. The longer-term vision is to use RTB as a vehicle for the targeted dissemination of peer-reviewed published papers to the BSO faculty in their self-declared areas of interest. Critical reading and review for RTB provides continuing professional development opportunities for staff. These elements contribute to our aim to see our research ethos evolve and raise standards of scholarship throughout the BSO.

Journal Publications

Abbey, H. (2008). 'Assessing Clinical Competence in Osteopathic Education; analysis of outcomes of different assessment strategies at the British School of Osteopathy.' International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 11 (4): 125-131.

Brownhill, K. (2007). 'Back pain and the homoeostatic requirements of the spinal system.' International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 10 (1): 18-23.

London, S. (2008). 'The assessment of clinical practice in osteopathic education: Is there a need to define a gold standard?' International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine 11 (4): 132-136.

Parsons, S, Breen, A, Foster, N, Letley, L, Pincus, T, Vogel, S & Underwood, M. (2007). 'Prevalence and comparative troublesomeness by age of musculoskeletal pain in different body locations.' Family Practice 24 (4):308-16.

Pincus, T, Santos, R et al. (2007). 'Depressed cognitions in chronic pain patients are focused on health: evidence from a sentence completion task.' Pain 130 (1-2): 84-92.

Pincus, T, Ruso, A & Santos, R. (2008). "Responsiveness and construct validity of the Depression, Anxiety and Positive Outlook Scale (DAPOS)" Clinical Journal of Pain. 24 (5):431-7.

Pincus, T, Santos, R, Breen, A, Burton, K & Underwood, M. (2007). "A review and proposal for a core set of factors for prospective cohorts in low back pain; the MMICS Statement." Arthritis Care & Research, Arthritis and Rheumatism 28; 59 (1):14-24.

Tyreman, S. (2007). 'It's Illness, But Is It Mental Disorder?' Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology – 14 (2): 103-106.

Tyreman, S. (2008). 'Valuing osteopathy: What are (our) professional values and how do we teach them?' International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine 11 (3): 90-95.

Tyreman, S. (2008). 'Commentary on "Is there a place for science in the definition of osteopathy"?' International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine 11 (3): 102-105.

Zamani, J, Vogel, S, Moore, A & Lucas, K. (2007). 'Analysis of exercise content in undergraduate osteopathic education - A content analysis of UK curricula.' International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine 10 (4): 97-103.

Published journal paper reviews
Abbey, H. (2008). 'Psychosocial predictors of chronicity in low back pain' International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 11 (1): 34-38.

Abbey, H. (2008). 'Who uses CAM in Canada for back pain?' International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 11 (3): 114-119.

Abbey, H. (2008). 'Psychosocial differences between acute and chronic low back pain patients' International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 11 (3): 114-119.

Abbey, H. (2008). 'Do beliefs about back pain relate to pain experiences and contact with health professionals in Norway?' International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine 12 (1): 1-5. (In press)

Abbey, H. (2008). 'Who gets what? A new screening tool to identify patient subgroups for back pain treatment allocation in primary care' International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine 12 (1): 1-5. (In press)

Blanchard, P. (2008). 'Orthopaedic tests of the shoulder – are they accurate?' International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 11 (2): 71-75.

Blanchard, P. (2008). 'Referred and nerve root pain arising from the low back – are they two distinct entities?' International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 11 (2): 71-75.

Blanchard, P. (2008). 'Are there predictive rules for the development of adverse events following chiropractic care for patients with neck pain?' International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine 12 (1): 1-5. (In press)

Evans, D. (2008). 'Persistent sciatica creates widespread sensitivity to further noxious stimuli' International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 11 (1): 34-38.

Evans, D. (2008). 'Persistent neck pain – what hurts and where?' International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 11 (3): 114-119.

Morrison, R. (2008). 'Physiotherapy education: using simulated patients an evidence-based model' International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 11 (3): 114-119.

Parry, C. (2008). 'The role of red flags in musculoskeletal pain presentations' International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 11 (1): 34-38.

Parry, C. (2008). 'Night pain in back pain triage: what is its significance?' International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 11 (1): 34-38.

Pincus, T. (2008). 'Pain, ethnicity, race and culture: more research needed' International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine 12 (1): 1-5. (In press)

Tyreman, S. (2008). 'Influence of a postgraduate clinical master's qualification in manual therapy on the careers of physiotherapists in the United Kingdom' International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 11 (1): 34-38.

Vogel, S. (2008). 'Adverse events round up' International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 11 (2): 71-75.

Zamani, J. (2008). 'What influences physiotherapists to undertake Masters Level Study?' International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine 12 (1): 1-5. (In press)