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About Osteopathy | Research & Reports



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Below you will find reports and research relevant to osteopathic practice. The information will be of interest to osteopaths, other allied health professionals and members of the public.  If you have any questions on these reports on osteopathic practice in general, contact us today.

This quick guide is designed to support the clinical leads, workforce leads, operational managers and any senior leaders who are involved in workforce development in NHS provider departments to understand the value that…

Quick Guide to osteopathy as a workforce supply solution

A report on patient experience, evidence, impact, training and regulation of osteopathic practice in the UK. It provides a concise and evidence-informed view of the profession and how osteopaths can potentially support wider…

Quality in Practice Report

The guide provides advice, guidance and indications for CPD for osteopaths working with children. Co-authored in collaboration with leading practice osteopaths on behalf of the Osteopathic Development Group

Guidance for Working with Children

This report provides information on the collection of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) for osteopathic care and the initial findings from the data The data collected form a national database of information about outcomes…

Measuring patient outcomes after osteopathic care (PROMs)

The osteopathic enhanced practice schema (page 494) developed by the iO has now been published and will form the basis of an innovative new post-registration training programme for osteopaths.

AHP Enhanced Level Practice Schemas with Model Curricula

The iO Professional Census is a nationwide survey that collects a wealth of information about osteopaths and osteopathic practice. This report publishes the full results of the Census wave completed in 2021.

iO Professional Census 2021

Facilitated by the iO and in partnership with higher education institutions (HEI) offering Allied Health Professional undergraduate training, this Health Education England funded Clinical Placement Expansion Project, investigated the feasibility of hosting physiotherapy…

Multi-professional Student Placement in Osteopathic Education Clinics

The iO NHS post-registration internship evaluation

Introducing Osteopaths to Primary Care: The Role of the First Contact Practitioner Outcomes of a pilot study, funded by the Osteopathic Foundation, demonstrating that osteopaths have the skills and qualifications required to provide…

Introducing Osteopaths to Primary Care: The Role of the First Contact Practitioner

A report by an independent panel of leading healthcare professionals, chaired by Professor Adrian Newland CBE. The report cites a range of examples where osteopaths have worked within NHS settings – varying from…

The Role of Osteopaths as AHPs in the NHS

This impact report demonstrates that integrating osteopathic care into an occupational health setting effectively reduced the number of work days lost to sickness absence and strongly indicate that osteopathy is a cost effective…

Effectiveness of osteopathy in an occupational health setting

This report outlines the positive quality impact of embedding osteopaths in a secondary care spinal unit. The report covers data collected over six-year period demonstrating clinically significant improvements in pain, function and health-related…

Osteopaths in secondary care spinal unit: impact report

This impact report provides an overview of the Plymouth Community Back Pain Service which has delivered a sustainable primary care service with measurable outcomes run by a multidisciplinary team including GPs, osteopaths, cognitive…

Multidisciplinary management of low back pain and sciatica in primary care

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