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Patient experiences of osteopathic manipulative treatment

The authors reviewed 16 papers for this study, including both quantitative and qualitative research. The quantitative papers used various tools to record satisfaction and expectation levels, showing mainly positive responses from patients. They summarise the qualitative research as revealing that patients consider osteopathic manipulative treatment to be be patient-centred, holistic, and thorough. They feel that it is appropriate for certain conditions, but with “possible adverse effects and futility”.

The full paper can be read at https://www.journalofosteopathicmedicine.com/article/S1746-0689(18)30131-7/fulltext