Research For Osteopaths

NCOR | Providing leadership and unity in osteopathic research development

The National Council For Osteopathic Research

The National Council for Osteopathic Research (NCOR) was established in 2003 to provide leadership and unity in osteopathic research development. NCOR aims to improve the osteopathic evidence base by fostering research, increasing research capacity and capability within the osteopathic profession, and raising the profile of osteopathic and osteopathic relevant research findings.

NCOR Projects For 2016


PROMS – Patient Reported Outcome Measures

PROMs represent an important part of assessing whether osteopaths and other healthcare professionals are improving the symptoms reported by their patients.  Different types of PROMs are available depending on why a patient has sought treatment. 

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Snap-Shot Summaries

A collection of brief summaries of available literature on various topics that may be relevant to your practice. The summaries are not systematic reviews and are in no way intended to act as definitive guidelines; their aim is to summarise the content and conclusions of current literature available on the highlighted subject.

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Paediatric Review

NCOR are launching a Centre For Reviews (CFR) in 2017. This will be a one-stop-shop for all osteopaths who want to read summaries of the latest evidence relating to osteopathic care and management. The first major piece of work that the CFR will undertake is a systematic review of manual therapies in the treatment of babies…

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PREOS – Patient Reported Experiences of Osteopathic Services

All patients who use osteopathic services are encouraged to provide feedback on their experiences — good or bad.  Information gathered from patients will be analysed by our research team. Any trends will be fed back anonymously to the osteopathic profession to improve patient care. We will build on the positive aspects of care to help…

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PILARS – The Patient Incident Learning and Reporting System

A website for UK registered and student osteopaths to use as a learning resource. This platform enables you to anonymously report, view and comment on actual and potential patient incidents relating to osteopathic services, and learn from those experiences.

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NCOR’s funding from the main organisations within the osteopathic profession is just enough to cover the costs of the small staff team in providing information, running the website and delivering smaller projects supporting osteopathic research. However, if NCOR and the osteopathic profession are going to start to generate robust research evidence for osteopathic treatment and…

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