Palmer Receives HRSA Grant Award to Establish Practice-Based Research Network

Palmer College of Chiropractic News

(Davenport, IOWA) The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded a grant for $310,479 to the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR) to establish a practice-based research network to assess complementary and alternative medicine models of pain management. This is a collaborative research project, with Palmer sub-contracting for half of the grant amount ($155,239) to the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa.

CAM modalities in either small clinician practicesThe purpose of this project is to develop the infrastructure for a comprehensive descriptive database for a variety of pain management approaches, to test data collection protocols, and to establish a network of participating practices, clinicians and patient populations. “The long-term goal is to establish a large, pain-focused practice-based research network of complementary and alternative medicine providers who systematically collect health outcomes assessments from their patients and track outcomes,” said Principal Investigator Maria Hondras, D.C., M.P.H., who is a faculty member at the PCCR. Other Palmer researchers involved in this project are Co-Investigator Christine Choate, D.C., Ph.D., executive director for research at the PCCR, and Biostatician/Co-Investigator Cynthia Long, Ph.D., who heads the Office of Data Management & Biostatistics for the PCCR. Co-Investigators from the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine are Daniel Monti, M.D., and Joel Edman, D.Sc.

The PCCR Office of Data Management & Biostatistics will serve as the Data Coordinating Center for the new practice-based research network (PBRN). The Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine (JMBCIM) will collaborate to co-develop the protocols and oversight mechanisms to sustain the practice-based network efforts. PCCR and JMBCIM investigators have built collaborative relationships with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) leaders from a variety of disciplines who will serve on the CAM-PBRN Steering Committee.

Steering Committee members from Portland, Ore., include: Carlo Calabrese, N.D, M.P.H., National College of Natural Medicine; Mitch Haas, M.S., D.C., Western States Chiropractic College; and Richard Hammerschlag, Ph.D., Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. Patricia Herman, N.D., Ph.D., from the University of Arizona, and Wendy Weber, N.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Wash., round out the committee. “All of our Steering Committee members have exemplary track records for conducting CAM research at their respective institutions,” said Dr. Hondras.

“This project is significant because one of the most common complaints seen in complementary and alternative medicine and integrative medicine practices, especially chiropractic practices, is low back pain,” added Dr. Hondras. “While there is a growing collection of both clinical trials and population studies examining the use of CAM by the general public, very little is known regarding the actual clinical practice of CAM modalities in either small clinician practices or in integrated health systems. Our goal is to establish a CAM-PBRN including providers in chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy, naturopathy, osteopathic manual medicine and integrative medicine. We look forward to this multi-disciplinary collaborative effort.”

Contact: Lori Leipold, Media Relations; Palmer College of Chiropractic; phone (563) 884-5726; fax (563) 884-5225
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