Research represents one of the AOA's strategic priorities to help raise visibility of DOs and osteopathic medicine.
Since 2016, the AOA has awarded over $4 million (42 grants) for osteopathic research for research project that demonstrate the value osteopathic physicians offer patients and the greater health care community. The 2019-2020 grants cycle will support two research focus areas outlined below.
Research to improve the scientific basis of the mechanics and impact of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) on the prevention and management of musculoskeletal injuries (OMM/OMT).
Research to explore osteopathic approaches to acute and chronic pain management with an emphasis on the various treatments and patient outcomes.