Recent Research in Osteopathy


Adverse events studies

The General Osteopathic Council, regulator of osteopathy in the United Kingdom, commissioned four research projects to investigate adverse events associated with osteopathic practice.


Standardised Data Collection

NCOR, in collaboration with practising osteopaths, has developed a standardised data collection (SDC) tool for osteopaths in private practice. More information and downloads are available here.


Osteopathic patient expectations (OPEn) study

This project was commissioned by the General Osteopathic Council to gain a deeper understanding of patients’ expectations of osteopaths and osteopathic treatment, and the extent to which these are met. This was carried out to enhance knowledge of the attitudes, needs and concerns of the public and patients who seek the care of osteopaths.

The OPEn project:  Full research report

The OPEn project:  Summary report

The OPEn project:  Report for osteopaths and the public

The OPEn project:  Supplement for NHS participants

The OPEn project:  Survey questionnaire



Ongoing research nationally and internationally

 Table of ongoing trials (November 2012)