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Determination of Forces Used in Palpatory Diagnosis

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00781144
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 28, 2008
Last Update Posted : October 28, 2008
Information provided by:
Nova Southeastern University

Brief Summary:
In this study, we are experimentally investigating the assessment of forces used by skilled clinicians and beginning practitioners in palpatory techniques. The study will assess pressure used during palpatory diagnosis of the paraspinal region.

Condition or disease
Healthy Volunteers

Detailed Description:
The study will assess pressure used during palpatory diagnosis of the paraspinal region. The research hypothesis is that both experience and gender will affect the amount of pressure exerted with diagnostic springing. The data will be valuable in characterizing practice parameters of novice and skilled osteopathic clinicians in palpation and will provide data on skill maturation from novice to experienced clinician. It will also allow far more precise teaching of these skills to students, who can use the transducers to determine how much pressure they are using compared to skilled clinicians. For measuring the palpatory forces, a thin film pressure transducer will be used in the hand of the clinician. Data will be collected on a portable computer via an analog to digital interface.

Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 82 participants
Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: The Effect of Experience and Gender on the Palpatory Forces Exerted by Novice and Experienced Osteopaths in Australia
Study Start Date : August 2007
Primary Completion Date : August 2007
Study Completion Date : August 2007

first year osteopathic students
fourth and fifth year osteopathic students
experienced osteopathic clinicians

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. palpatory force exerted with PA springing [ Time Frame: 3 minutes ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
first year osteopathic students, fourth and fifth year osteopathic students and experienced osteopathic clinicians

Inclusion Criteria:

  • osteopathic student first year or senior or experienced osteopathic clinician

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00781144

United States, Florida
Nova Southeastern University
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, United States, 33328
Australia, Victoria
Victoria University
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 30001
Sponsors and Collaborators
Nova Southeastern University
Principal Investigator: Yasmin Qureshi, MHS. MPT Nova Southeastern University, Victoria University

Responsible Party: Yasmin Qureshi, Nova Southeastern University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00781144     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HPD-OST06030201X
First Posted: October 28, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 28, 2008
Last Verified: October 2008