Raimund Engel, Wiener Schule für Osteopathie (WSO), Austria
Osteopaths are regularly challenged by insurance companies, MDs and other healthcare professionals for not having any scientific research to back up osteopathic medicine. At the same time there is a lot of interesting research done all over the world that is relevant to osteopathy but hardly known.
In addition to this professional research work done by osteopaths and other medical disciplines every osteopathic student does a diploma thesis to finish his/her studies.
These dissertations - some of which are high quality work - are presented to a jury and a small audience, but after they have been accepted they are neither published nor easily accessible for osteopaths from outside of the respective school.
Our project's goal is to connect those two: The references and abstracts of osteopathic research projects are entered into a database that is accessible via internet from all over the world, presenting osteopathic research not only to the osteopathic community but also to the interested public.
In addition to osteopathic dissertations we also integrated projects from other scientific disciplines that are relevant to osteopathic theory and practice.
Osteopaths who are interested in the details of a specific research paper from our database can mail-order a printed version from the respective university or school. Alternatively the full-text articles could be made available as PDF, as well.
New projects can be added directly by the respective school, university or institution via a simple web-form, or batch-imported from a database table.