Patient Perception of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment in a Hospitalized Setting: A Survey-Based Study

Matthew Pomykala, OMS IV; Brian McElhinney, PhD, OMS IV; Bryan L. Beck, DO; and Jane E. Carreiro, DO
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Received: December 13, 2006

Accepted: February 5, 2008

Published: November 1, 2008

J Osteopath Med; 108(11): 665-668

Context: Although many studies on the effects of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) have been published, few examine its role in treating hospitalized patients.

Objectives: To determine patient perception of receiving OMT while hospitalized.

Methods: Patients were referred to receive OMT through a consultation service and were separated into four groups: medical, musculoskeletal, obstetric, or postsurgical. The same osteopathic physician treated each patient and used various OMT techniques as needed. High-velocity, low-amplitude was not used. Patient perceptions were assessed 24 hours after treatment using a 10-question survey. Main outcome measures included pain, need for pain medication, anxiety about hospitalization, and overall comfort level.

Results: Of the 195 hospitalized patients who received OMT, 160 (82%) returned the survey. Of these patients, 43% reported a decreased need for pain medication, 74% indicated a decrease in pain, 90% had reduced anxiety, and 98% reported that OMT improved their overall comfort level. In addition, 94% of patients felt OMT was helpful for their recovery, and 98% would recommend OMT for other hospitalized patients.

Conclusions: Osteopathic manipulative treatment may be of tremendous benefit to hospitalized patients, regardless of their diagnoses.

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