Date of Award
Restricted Access Thesis
Master of Science
Field of Study
Clinical Research and Education: Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Slicho, Turner. Placebo Potency in Manipulative Medicine Research: A Pilot Study of Patient Attitudes Toward the Treatment of Low Back Pain. Master of Science (Clinical Research and Education), May, 2004, 31 pp., 8 tables, 8 illustrations, bibliography, 31 titles. The present pilot study examined attitudes of the general population towards four non-surgical treatments for low back pain: high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation (HVLA), standard of care including medication and home exercises, light touch manipulation, and ultrasound therapy. The goal was to determine if there are biases in the general population that may affect placebo response rates in the research of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) and other manual medicine modalities. With 89 surveys returned, respondents had a more positive outlook on the described treatments if they had experienced them in the past. Respondents also agreed more that HVLA was a logical way to treat low back pain compared to standard of care and light touch manipulation. A larger sample size is recommended to realize further significant trends in attitudes towards these different treatments.
Slicho, K. T.
"Placebo Potency in Manipulative Medicine Research: A Pilot Study of Patient Attitudes Towards the Treatment of Low Back Pain" Fort Worth, Tx: University of North Texas Health Science Center;