Measuring the positive quality impact of embedding osteopaths in a secondary care spinal unit

Case study:

To determine whether inclusion of osteopathic practice in a multimodal NHS service within a secondary care spinal unit (Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham (QMC)) is safe, effective and what the patient experience of such interventions is. 6 year data collection using the Spine Tango Conservative registry. A variety of standardised, validated outcome measures were used including numerical pain rating scale (NPRS), Oswestry disability index (ODI), Neck disability Index (NDI) and EQ5D-3L.

A significant proportion of patients with chronic spinal pain experiencing a high level of improvement
despite the threshold for improvement being set high (50% change).

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