Module B4 - Teaching Research

WHEN possibly Spring 2021
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

Francesco Cerritelli, PhD (Neuroscience), MMSc.(Motor Science, Public health), D.O. (Osteopathy)

Francesco has broad interests in osteopathic research, neuroscience and health science focusing on interdisciplinary aspects of evidence based medicine.
Native of Italy, Francesco earned a bachelor and master degrees in motor sciences from the University of l’Aquila, Italy. He also studied osteopathy at Accademia Italiana Osteopatia Tradizionale in Pescara, Italy, public health at Imperial College London, UK. In 2018 he obtained his PhD in neuroscience from the University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy.