Designated topics address the tenets of osteopathic medicine and explore the profession's patient-centered, empathic approach to care.
The AOA has identified four RFAs in three overall areas of foci approved by the AOA Board of Trustees to help focus funding opportunities and develop collaborative research studies. These categories reflect the concept that while OMM/OMT remains a strong tradition of the osteopathic profession, osteopathic medicine encompasses a broader philosophy that includes patient-centered care, empathy, and the mind/body/spirit approach. The osteopathic philosophy embraces an approach that, while seeking and promoting health, also addresses disease states and the spectrum of patient care (e.g., primary, secondary, and tertiary).
NOTE: The AOA no longer funds basic science research projects. AOA-funded research will address the tenets of osteopathic medicine and advance the distinctiveness of the osteopathic profession through patient-focused research projects.
Proposals in response to this RFA should 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 through clinical or interventional research. Proposals should show clear relevance in one of the two following areas:
Proposals in response to this RFA should explore the osteopathic approaches to acute and chronic pain management, emphasizing treatments and patient outcomes. Proposals should address one or more of the following:
Proposals in response to this RFA should explore the impact of the osteopathic approach on chronic disease and elderly care through clinical or interventional research. Some examples of relevant topics include:
Proposals in response to this RFA should be observational/explorative studies which address one of 14 research hypotheses designed to investigate the successful effects of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) on specific diseases. The investigator should only choose one of the research hypotheses.
NOTE: Please do not submit an application if the project does not address one of the research hypotheses.