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The MOCAM study - Acupuncturists needed

Researchers at the University of Southampton are investigating how the therapeutic relationship, practitioners’ beliefs, clinic environments and patients’ beliefs can affect the outcomes of lower back pain therapy – and they’re looking for acupuncturists and patients to help.

The aim of the MOCAM (Mechanisms in Orthodox and Complementary and Alternative Medicine Management of Back Pain) study is to develop a greater understanding of the ‘non-specific effects of treatment’ on pain and disability.

“We want to know which effects are the most powerful, how they compare between different treatments (osteopaths. acupuncture and physiotherapy), and how they generate positive outcomes for people with lower back pain,” says Professor George Lewith.

“If we can better understand how they work, we may be able to harness these effects to improve the success of treatments for back pain.”

The researchers are now seeking Acupuncturists (BAcC registered) who are willing to recruit adults presenting for treatment with a new episode of lower back pain.

Practitioners will be asked to:
1) Invite patients with lower back pain to take part by giving them an information pack.
2) Answer 1 question about each eligible patient
3) Answer a short questionnaire three months after the patient’s first treatment session (about the patient’s adherence to treatment and therapeutic modalities used).

Practitioners can perform their treatments as they normally would. Practitioners are asked to recruit 10 patients over 12 months and will receive support costs from their R and D (for NHS practitioners) or be paid £15 for each recruited patient (for private practitioners).

Patients who agree to take part will be sent questionnaires at two weeks and three months after their first treatment session by the research team.

To take part in the study or request further information, please email Dr Maddy Greville-Harris at mocam@soton.ac.uk or telephone 02380 591942.


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