Dr. Bill Moreau plus other Olympic alumni

Dr. Bill Moreau plus other Olympic alumni

Spring/Summer 2016

research

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In 2011, scientists at the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), the RAND Corporation and the Samueli Institute received a grant totalling nearly $7.5 million from the Department of Defense. The purpose of this grant was to Assess Chiropractic Treatment (ACT) for military readiness in active-duty personnel through three studies, ACT I, ACT II and ACT III.

ACT I is the largest clinical trial evaluating chiropractic to date. This randomized controlled trial (RCT) for low-back pain has been conducted at three sites: Naval Medical Center San Diego, Calif.; Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.; and Naval Hospital Pensacola, Fla. The primary aim of this study is to evaluate if chiropractic treatment in addition to standard medical care is better than standard medical care alone in treating pain and physical function in active-duty military personnel with acute, sub-acute and/or chronic low-back pain.

At the end of 2015, the PCCR had reached its recruitment goal of 750 active-duty military personnel, representing 250 participants at each site. Study leaders are finishing long-term data collection to determine study outcomes at one year, in addition to beginning to analyze the vast amount of data collected during the study.

Study findings will be reported in peer-reviewed scientific journals within the coming months. The first publication, describing the study methods, was published in Trials and can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1TCjoM0. Results of this study have the potential to guide future studies and to inform military practice, particularly as to how chiropractic care is incorporated into overall medical care. For more information about all three ACT projects and others, please see www.palmer.edu/research/ grants-projects .

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