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Osteopathy, Mindfulness and Acceptance-based Programme for Patients With Persistent Pain (OsteoMAP)

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Last updated:22nd Apr 2014

The purpose of this pre and post intervention observational study is to evaluate patient-reported outcomes from an new clinical course which integrates Mindfulness and Acceptance-based approaches from '3rd wave' Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with osteopathic manual therapy treatment for patients with persistent pain.

It is being conducted by the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) in London. In Stage 1 (in progress, June 2013 to August 2014), a course was developed for self-referring patients attending the BSO Clinic. In Stage 2 (September 2014 to May 2016), delivery will be expanded to evaluate outcomes for patients attending National Health Service (NHS) General Practitioner (GP) surgeries in South East London.

The intervention consists of a pre-course screening interview; a structured course of six, weekly, one-hour treatment sessions for individual patients; and an optional follow-up interview after three months.

The evaluation study is being conducted by an independent study team from the National Council for Osteopathic Research. Patients complete a set of standardised questionnaires before the course and after six months to assess self-reported changes in quality of life, well-being, activity levels, mindfulness and use of health resources. A sample of patients will be invited to provide consent for a treatment session to be observed and/or recorded, or to attend a follow-up interview after six months, to evaluate the quality of course delivery. This is an observational study of patient-reported outcomes from a new intervention in a single cohort of patients, so there is no formal study hypothesis but it is anticipated that outcomes will include increased quality of life, well-being, and active engagement with valued activities.

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Study start date 2014-04-22

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