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Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment in Active Duty Military Personnel Studies (ACT)

Funding Source: Department of Defense
Grant Number: W81XWH-10-DHP-CCTA
Award Amount: $7,500,000 ($5,100,000 to Palmer)
Funding Period: 02/01/2011 – 02/14/2019

Principal Investigator: Ian D. Coulter, Ph.D., RAND Corporation
Co-Principal Investigators: Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., Joan Walter, J.D., P.A., Samueli Institute
Co-Investigators: Cynthia Long, Ph.D. Robert Vining, D.C.
Lead Project Manager: Amy Minkalis, D.C.

Site Locations: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Bethesda, Maryland, Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD), San Diego, California, Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP), Pensacola, Florida  

ACT comprises three separate randomized controlled trials, a collaborative effort between Palmer and the Department of Defense. The overarching goal is to assess the effectiveness of chiropractic manipulative therapy for pain management and improved function in active-duty service members with low-back pain. This study looks at the role of chiropractic care within the military health care system and has applications for a diverse population in a real-world setting.

ACT I: Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment for Low Back Pain and Smoking Cessation in Military and Active Duty Personnel – Completed


ACT II: Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment Using Reaction and Response Times in Members of the Special Operation Forces – Completed 


ACT III: Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment: Strength and Balance