Module B4 - Teaching Research

WHEN probably September 2020
LOCATION AbeOS Osteopathy School, Via Giovanni Falcone, Nr.5, Raiano, Italy
COST OsEAN Members € 290 / Non-OsEAN Members € 390

Aims & Objectives

  • To critically reflect on the purpose of research both in the osteopathic and medical fields.
  • To introduce key ontological and epistemological theories, related research paradigms, methodologies and different representations of data.
  • To equip participants with the knowledge and skills on a range of research methods and methodologies, including quantitative and qualitative methods, clinical audit, narrative and systematic reviews of the literature, as well as skills relating to qualitative and statistical analysis.
  • To explore the relationship cause-effect; to examine internal and external validities and their related problems and to suggest solutions.
  • To provide an opportunity for hands on experimental and qualitative designs and to test the validity/reliability of used instruments.
  • To examine the ethical and research governance issues associated with research in the osteopathic field.
  • To examine all issues related to the publishing of a research in the osteopathic field

Learning Outcomes

The candidate should be able to:

  • demonstrate an applied understanding of quantitative and qualitative approaches to research, including research designs, methods and data collection techniques and approaches to data analysis including statistical analysis;
  • identify the models used in different studies and choose the right model for a specific task; critically evaluate the chosen model;
  • show understanding of validity and reliability of measurement and apply these concepts;
  • apply an understanding of qualitative and quantitative research, including ethical and governance to critically evaluate a range of different research approaches and techniques in relation to the publishing of research within osteopathy

Teaching methods

  • Theoretical lecture aided by PowerPoint Presentations
  • In Group Discussions
  • Practical and theoretical Workshops
  • Handouts


Critical Article Review - 2000 Words
Deadline for submission: 3 months after the seminar

Required Reading

  • Bowers, D., House, A., Owens, D. (2006). Understanding Clinical Papers. 2nd Edition. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Creswell, J. (2008). Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches. 2nd Ed. London; Sage Publications.
  • Field, A. (2009). Discovering Statistics Using SPSS (Introducing Statistical Methods series). 3rd Edition. London; SAGE Publications Ltd.
  • Greenhalgh, T. (2010). How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-Based Medicine (HOW - How To). 4th Ed. Oxford; Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Hicks, C.M. (2009). Research Methods for Clinical Therapists. Applied Project Design and Analysis. 5th Edition. London; Churchill Livingstone.
  • Robson, C (2011). Real World Research. 3rd Ed. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Trochim, W. (2000). The Research Methods Knowledge Base, 2nd Edition. Atomic Dog Publishing, Cincinnati, OH. – free access at

Module Leader

Jorge Esteves, PhD, MA, BSc. D.O.

Jorge has practised osteopathy since 1993. He is an Associate Professor at Instituto Piaget in Portugal, where is the Scientific Coordinator for the Bachelor’s degree in Osteopathy. Until recently, he has served as the Head of Research at the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) in London, as a non-executive council member of the UK’s General Osteopathic Council, and osteopathy subject reviewer for the United Kingdom’s Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Previously, he was a Senior Lecturer in Osteopathy at Oxford Brookes University where he was instrumental in the development and implementation of the university osteopathic provision.
Apart from his academic work at Institute Piaget, Jorge is also an Associate Editor for the International Journal for Osteopathic Medicine, member of the Board of Directors of the Collaboration for Osteopathic Medicine Research, collaborates in a number research project and and lectures and assesses at various schools worldwide.

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