Experience Report: Hospital Outpatient Clinics of Osteopathy in the Teaching and Research Model of the Brazilian Institute of Osteopathy (IBO)


The Brazilian Institute of Osteopathy (IBO - Instituto Brasileiro de Osteopatia), officially founded in 2000, evolved from the osteopathic teaching brought to Brazil in 1986 by Bernard Quef, whose project is related to “Part Time” teaching (1,700 hours), keeping the essential osteopathic basis in addition to the evolution of scientific knowledge.
The purpose of this paper is to describe the experience of organizing an osteopathic clinic in hospital outpatient clinics in a volunteer-based work, linking the theoretical, clinics and scientific aspects of the osteopathic teaching. It is an experience report where the research technique adopted was indirect documentation, based on document review and bibliographic research, involving data collection, history, rendered services, patients cared and results obtained.
Differential of IBO in transmitting the osteopathic teaching and its contribution: 1-Enable the student the osteopathic practice with supervision of assistant teachers and volunteers, in hospital outpatient clinics. 2- Continuous progression of hours of clinical probation from 50 h (1st year) to 500 h (5th year). 3- Stimulate the self-analysis of the osteopathic conduct adopted during supervision, which involves the relation with the theoretical contents learned and the scientific articles researched.
From this process resulted, among others, six Final Education Works for obtaining the Certificate in Osteopathy applied in the community or school, as “Systematization Route of the Evaluation Process in Clinic” and “Development of an Instrument for Measuring Patient Satisfaction with Osteopathy Treatment”. Currently there are six outpatient clinics where approximately 12,000 patients received osteopathic treatment between 1998 and 2012.

Descriptors: Osteopathic Medicine, Higher Education, Hospital Outpatient Clinics.


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Márcia Elisabeth Rodrigues