Osteopathic Research


The First Osteopathic Survey of Health Care in America
The First Osteopathic Survey of Health Care in America (OSTEOSURV-I) was conducted in September and October 1998. The purpose of OSTEOSURV is to provide longitudinal data on issues relevant to osteopathic medicine and ambulatory health care in the United States. Survey methodology included random digit dialing using computer-assisted technology. The 139 items in OSTEOSURV-I addressed nine major content areas relative to osteopathic medicine and ambulatory health care in the United States. Survey results will be presented at the American Osteopathic Association Convention and Scientific Seminar in Orlando, Florida from October 29 through November 2, 2000. Details of the survey findings will be published initially in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association and subsequently in other biomedical journals.
The Second Osteopathic Survey of Health Care in America

The Second Osteopathic Survey of Health Care in America (OSTEOSURV-II) was conducted from March through August 2000. OSTEOSURV-II sought to extend the original goals of OSTEOSURV-I. Two additional goals of OSTEOSURV-II were to further validate the OSTEOSURV instrument and to establish protocols for increasing survey response. The validation phase of OSTEOSURV-II included a test-retest study involving 84 respondents. The response rate in OSTEOSURV-II was increased to 62% by offering a $20 financial incentive to initial refusers, and to 93% by offering a $20 incentive at the initial re-contact during the validation phase. The data collected in OSTEOSURV-II are currently being analyzed.

The Third Osteopathic Survey of Health Care in America
The Third Osteopathic Survey of Health Care in America (OSTEOSURV-III) will be conducted in early 2002. OSTEOSURV-III will continue to meet the original goal of providing longitudinal data on issues relevant to osteopathic medicine and ambulatory health care in the United States. With the completion of validation and reliability studies in OSTEOSURV-I AND OSTEOSURV-II, OSTEOSURV-III is poised to build on the baseline data collected.

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Updated: 27 October 2000.