research Funding Priorities

The AAO recognizes the value of all areas of biomedical and educational research. However, the AAO focuses on those areas of research that investigate the unique aspects of osteopathic medicine. The breadth of this research focus may include but is not limited to:

  • mechanisms of action of OMT
  • clinical efficacy of OMT, which may include cost-effectiveness of osteopathic health care
  • biomarker assays in OMT delivery
  • collecting normative data in OMT
  • inter- and intra-examiner reliability of palpation/sensory assessment, which may include improvement of OMT record keeping
  • OMT technique understanding or development, including methods to validate OMT through specific replicable research methodologies
  • methods of reproducible measurement of physiologic response, measurable outcome changes, and lengths of changes and responses to OMT
  • developing statistical methods instruments for OMT including surveys, SOAP notes, digital documentation through electronic health records, health status assessments and instruments for bias reduction
  • methods of teaching palpation and assessment of diagnosis (TART) in OMT
  • effects of patient–physician relationship on outcomes in OMT and sham techniques

The AAO will not fund machine or equipment engineering research and development.

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New Ideas Forum 2019

AAO members who submit the most promising proposals for advancing osteopathic manipulative medicine will be given 15 to 30 minutes to outline their thoughts, demonstrate their techniques and field questions from their peers.

Giving Tuesday Is Nov. 27

Help AAO knock out its fundraising goal on Tuesday, Nov. 27. First established in 2012, Giving Tuesday encourages people to prioritize charitable giving during the busy holiday shopping season.

AAO Recognized for Contributions to Profession

On Saturday, July 21, the AAO was one of four recipients of the American Osteopathic Association’s 2019 STARs (Strategic Team Award and Recognition) for its dedication to advancing osteopathic medicine. The STARs recognize contributions made by state, specialty and regional affiliates, colleges of osteopathic medicine, osteopathic postdoctoral training institutions (OPTIs), and nonpractice affiliates that have advanced the osteopathic profession. The award honors programs and activities that align with the initiatives in the AOA’s strategic plan.