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RAND Center of Excellence for the Study of Appropriateness of Care in CAM

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Rand Corporation
Santa Monica, CA
United States

Adapting a method developed by the RAND Corporation for studying the prevalence of inappropriate health care, the center is investigating the use of spinal manipulation/mobilization in chiropractic practices for chronic cervical pain. Patient outcomes, patient preference, and cost effectiveness are being incorporated into the method, along with clinical judgment from health professionals. An extensive review of the literature will be performed and a systematic review will be written. From this investigation, a set of indications based on the literature for performing spinal manipulation/mobilization for chronic cervical pain will be developed, and then reviewed by clinical experts and randomly selected practitioners. The center will also interview a sample of patients and do a followup study on their outcomes.

Research Area: Spinal Manipulation
Program: 
Centers of Excellence for Research on Complementary and Integrative Health

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