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Determination of Forces Used in Palpatory Diagnosis

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Nova Southeastern University Identifier:
First received: October 27, 2008
Last updated: NA
Last verified: October 2008
History: No changes posted
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.

Healthy Volunteers

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: 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

Further study details as provided by Nova Southeastern University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • palpatory force exerted with PA springing [ Time Frame: 3 minutes ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 82
Study Start Date: August 2007
Study Completion Date: August 2007
Primary Completion Date: August 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
first year osteopathic students
fourth and fifth year osteopathic students
experienced osteopathic clinicians

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.

Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
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 identifier: 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
  More Information

Responsible Party: Yasmin Qureshi, Nova Southeastern University Identifier: NCT00781144     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HPD-OST06030201X 
Study First Received: October 27, 2008
Last Updated: October 27, 2008
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board processed this record on October 21, 2016