Life + Career Osteopathic Research Research Focus Areas

Research Focus Areas

Broad scope

AOA focuses research in 2 priority areas

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.


Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Treatment on the Prevention and Management of Musculoskeletal Injuries (OMM/OMT)

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).

Acute/Chronic Pain Management (ACPM)

Research to explore osteopathic approaches to acute and chronic pain management with an emphasis on the various treatments and patient outcomes.

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