2012 Partners Against Pain Award

October 15, 2012

Supported in Association with Purdue

Health Outcomes in Chronic Low Back Pain Trial

Back pain is the second most common neurological ailment in the United States. Started in 2006, the Osteopathic Research Center’s (ORC) Osteopathic Health Outcomes in Chronic Low Back Pain Trial (OSTEOPATHIC Trial) has been using cutting-edge research to assess the response of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) in patients with low back pain. Led by ORC Executive Director and Principal Investigator John C. Licciardone, DO, MS, MBA, this OSTEOPATHIC Trial aims to widely disseminate evidence supporting the use of OMT to improve quality of life, increase function and decrease low back pain.

Using research, education, and treatment relating to nonspecific low back pain, the OSTEOPATHIC Trial aims to widely disseminate evidence supporting the use of OMT in patients with low back pain, with additional objectives to incorporate the evidence into the curricula of colleges of osteopathic medicine and osteopathic residency training programs nationwide, and thereby increasing the use of OMT in patient encounters involving low back pain.

The OSTEOPATHIC Trial was a five-year study, funded primarily by the National Institutes of Health-National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, with additional support from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation. The study methodology allowed the use of low back pain co-treatments in addition to OMT. Results have shown improvement in physical functioning, decreased medication use, and high levels of patient satisfaction with OMT.

The American Osteopathic Foundation and Purdue are honored to present the AOF’s “Partners Against Pain Award” to the Osteopathic Research Center’s Osteopathic Health Outcomes in Chronic Low Back Pain Trial, led by the ORC Executive Director John C. Licciardone, DO, MS, MBA.

John C. Licciardone, DO, MS, MBA, received his osteopathic medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Since 1987, Dr. Licciardone has been associated with the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center and currently serves as Professor, Associate Dean of Clinical Research at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Executive Director of the ORC. Dr. Licciardone has served as a consultant on osteopathic medicine to the World Health Organization, and as an expert panelist on low back pain for the National Institutes of Health Workshop on Deconstructing Back Pain and is currently a member of the NIH’s National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

John C. Licciardone, DO, MS, MBA, Executive Director and Principal Investigator
University of North Texas Health Sciences Center