Julia G. – BASIS Scottsdale

BASIS Scottsdale Senior Julia G.

Straightening Out the Facts: An In-Depth Look at Patient Response to Osteopathy

Project/blog link: Straightening Out the Facts: An In-Depth Look at Patient Response to Osteopathy
BASIS Advisor: Ms. Lauren Cooney
Internship location: Scottsdale Medical Center
Onsite Mentor: Dr. Kelly Barker, DO

Project Abstract

As health and fitness become sources for countless new trends and lifestyles, Osteopathic Medicine is garnering an increasingly larger clientele. Its holistic approach to solving medical problems appeals to many who favor using natural remedies, minimizing costs, and improving their lives. By surveying a large group of patients that see a Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) as their primary care physician, this project will examine how patients view D.O.s and the perceived effects D.O.s have on health and medicine. The questionnaire used will be completed both before and after patient visits, and will address patient values, treatments, successes, shortcomings, and overall health. Additionally, patients who visit the office more frequently will be interviewed more thoroughly for an in-depth look into patient-provider interactions. This research has the potential to validate Osteopathy as a whole, and show how an often under-appreciated approach to medicine can greatly improve primary care.

Straightening Out the Facts: An In-Depth Look at Patient Response to Osteopathy