A Survey Assessment of Neurosurgeons' Interest in Osteopathic Medicine and Its Integration Into Their Practice.

Devin W Kolmetzky, Dillon B Gooder, Evan S Polly, Sarah N Glisan, Zein Al-Atrache, Clint A Badger, Steven S Yocom, Alan R Turtz, Donald L Allison

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INTRODUCTION: Osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) encompasses techniques guided by the tenets of osteopathy aimed at facilitating the body's natural self-healing capabilities as a treatment option for injury or illness. This approach recognizes the interrelationship of structure and function in promoting overall health. The clinical applications of OMM have been highly researched throughout different subspecialties of medicine; however, there is a notable lack of osteopathic-based research targeted toward neurosurgical patient populations.

METHODS: This cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted via a survey generated using SurveyMonkey (SurveyMonkey, San Mateo, CA, USA; accessed at www.surveymonkey.com). Subjects for this survey were gathered using a convenience sampling method in which emails of all neurosurgeons listed in the "Member Directory" on the American Association of Neurological Surgeons website were compiled into a mailing list. The survey was sent to all 6,503 emails collected, and the responses were recorded over the next month. The responses for each survey question were averaged and, when appropriate, compared using a two-tailed T-test, with statistical significance defined as a p

RESULTS: Both MD and DO neurosurgeons reported using OMM (or referring their patients for OMM) less than once per year. In comparison to their MD colleagues, neurosurgeons carrying a DO degree ranked their familiarity with the tenets of osteopathic medicine (p

CONCLUSIONS: Both MD and DO neurosurgeons are interested in seeing more research into the applications of OMM in their patient populations and, most importantly, are likely to integrate OMM into their practice if presented with research detailing clinical benefits to their patients. This study highlights the clinical interest of neurosurgeons in further research into the applications of OMM specific to the field of neurosurgery.

Original languageAmerican English
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2024

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