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Cost comparison of osteopathic manipulative treatment for patients with chronic low back pain

Danielle Cooley, DO; James Bailey, DO; and Richard Jermyn, DO
Chronic low back pain (cLBP) is the second leading cause of disability in the United States, with significant physical and financial implications. Development of a multifaceted treatment plan that is cost effective and optimizes patients’ ability to function on a daily basis requires data; among the needed data points is a cost comparison of osteopathic manipulative treatment vs standard care for patients with cLBP. To that end, the authors conducted a prospective, observational study of 146 patients over 4 months with either standard care or standard care plus osteopathic manipulative treatment, quantifying patients’ pain scale responses as well as cost data for all associated interventions during the study period.

Osteopathic Cranial Manipulative Medicine and the Blood Brain Barrier: A Mechanistic Approach to Alzheimer Prevention

Michael McAree, OMS II; Alexis Dunn, OMS II; Jared Furtado, OMS II; Clinton Timmerman, OMS II; Zachary Winchell, OMS II; Radhika Rani, OMS II; Jennifer Farah, OMS II; and Lauren J. Crispino, OMS II
In this narrative literature review, the authors identify relationships between Alzheimer disease and blood brain barrier (BBB) breakdown, the response of the BBB to increased cerebral blood flow and shear stress, and the impact of osteopathic cranial manipulative medicine on cerebrovascular hemodynamics.
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Longitudinal Assessment of Medical Student Emotional Intelligence Over Preclinical Training

Linda S. Mintle, MSW, PhD; Clark F. Greer, MA, PhD; and Lauren E. Russo, OMS II
Emotional intelligence (EI) is critical for physician leadership. Researchers assessed the EI of medical students throughout their preclinical years to identify core competencies of emotional intelligence that could be enhanced.

JOM Employs Double Blind Peer Review

JOM now utilizes double blind peer review for all manuscript submissions, so that authors and reviewers remain anonymous to one another. This method can reduce bias, and we undertook the change to demonstrate our commitment to the most thorough, fair, equitable, impartial, and timely iteration of peer review possible. Look for our upcoming Editorial in the May issue of JOM to learn more about our entire peer review process!

Journal of Osteopathic Medicine launches inaugural issues

Journal of Osteopathic Medicine (JOM) – known for 119 years as the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association – published its inaugural issue in January 2021. Learn how the osteopathic medical profession’s journal of record has been refreshed and refocused by reading the introductory Editorial from Dr. Ross Zafonte, JOM’s Editor in Chief; a Q&A with Melissa Schmidt, JOM’s Director; and an announcement from AOA President Dr. Thomas Ely and CEO Dr. Kevin Klauer.