The analysis, which included researchers from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ-SOM), also showed a significant reduction in the duration of intravenous antibiotics and in respiratory failure or death in the group that received OMT when compared to the conventional care only group.
The Multicenter Osteopathic Pneumonia Study in the Elderly (MOPSE) was a registered, double-blinded, randomized, controlled clinical trial conducted between March 2004 and February 2007 at seven hospitals in five states, including Kennedy University Hospital in New Jersey. Data from MOPSE are available in the open-access journal, Osteopathic Medicine and Primary Care.
“While this study was conducted in elderly people with pneumonia, these manual medicine techniques are applied more broadly,” said Dr. Donald Noll, of the New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging at UMDNJ-SOM and the study’s lead author. “These techniques could potentially benefit adults who are suffering from pneumonia secondary to influenza or the H1N1 virus. Beneficial aspects of using OMT as an adjunctive treatment are that the techniques are generally well tolerated and adverse reactions rarely occur.”
UMDNJ-SOM physicians and faculty members Dr. Thomas Morley and Dr. David Mason were among the 13 investigators who contributed to the study.
Osteopathic manipulative treatment has been used throughout the United States by osteopathic physicians (D.O.s) since the late 1800s when osteopathic medicine was founded in Kirksville, Mo. Osteopathic physicians are licensed to practice all forms of conventional medicine. In addition, they are trained to offer their patients osteopathic manipulative treatment, a system of hands-on techniques that can be used to alleviate pain, restore range of motion and enhance the immune system. There is evidence supporting the benefits of OMT and additional research studies are currently underway at a number of colleges of osteopathic medicine to scientifically document its efficacy in medical care. MOPSE is an example of such a study.
MOPSE was funded by a group of osteopathic medicine supportive foundations lead by the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation and the Foundation for Osteopathic Health Services. The $1.5 million grant was awarded to the A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Mo. Oversight for the study was provided by The Osteopathic Research Center at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
To request an interview with Drs. Noll, Morley or Mason, please contact Jerry Carey, UMDNJ News Service, at (856) 566 6171 or (973) 972 3000.
The UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine is dedicated to providing excellence in medical education, research and health care for New Jersey and the nation. Working in cooperation with Kennedy University Hospital, its principal affiliate, the UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine places an emphasis on primary health care and community health services that reflect its osteopathic philosophy, with centers of excellence that demonstrate its commitment to developing clinically skillful, compassionate and culturally competent physicians from diverse backgrounds, who are prepared to become leaders in their communities.
UMDNJ is the nation’s largest free-standing public health sciences university with more than 5,900 students attending the state’s three medical schools, its only dental school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, a school of health related professions, a school of nursing and its only school of public health, on five campuses. Annually, there are more than two million patient visits to UMDNJ facilities and faculty at campuses in Newark, New Brunswick/ Piscataway, Scotch Plains, Camden and Stratford. UMDNJ operates University Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center in Newark, and University Behavioral HealthCare, a statewide mental health and addiction services network.