REACH Center Projects

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Current Projects

The REACH Center has a number of funded projects ongoing that aim to improve symptom management and whole person health using complementary and integrative health interventions. These projects are funded by external funders and by the Center itself through seed money for pilot grants.

Design and Develop a web-based clinical decision support tool (app) for back pain

Employ a user-centered design methodology, incorporating feedback from active clinicians, in order to design and create a web-based clinical decision support tool tailored for back pain.

Jan 2023 – Jan 2024

Principal Investigator: Robert Vining, D.C., D.H.Sc., Palmer College of Chiropractic

Spinal Manipulative Therapy vs Prescription Drug therapy for care of aged Medicare beneficiaries for neck pain

Compare the effectiveness of spinal manipulative therapy versus prescription drug therapy in providing care for neck pain among elderly Medicare beneficiaries.

Aug 2022 – Aug 2024

Principal Investigator: James Whedon, D.C., M.S., Southern California University of Health Sciences

State of the Science Review and Research Expert Panel on Homeopathic Research

Combine a team of experts in homeopathy and experts in research methodology to examine the literature that has formed the basis of recent systematic reviews and draft a report of the state-of-the-science.

Oct 2022 – Oct 2024

Principal Investigator: Robert Vining, D.C., D.H.Sc., Palmer College of Chiropractic

SafetyNET AE Reporting Active Surveillance for the Clinical Setting: a Feasibility Study

Inform the design and conduct of an adverse event (AE) reporting system to systematically gather data on AE following chiropractic care.

Nov 2023 – Nov 2024

Principal Investigator: Katie Pohlman, D.C., M.S., Ph.D., Parker University

Working Conditions in Complementary and Integrative Health Professions

Examine to what degree CIH providers in the U.S. are exposed to healthy and unhealthy working conditions and how their exposure compares to that of mainstream healthcare professionals.

Nov 2023 – Nov 2024

Principal Investigator: Margaret Whitley, Ph.D., M.P.H., RAND Corporation

Completed Projects

The Public Health Role of the Complementary and Integrative Health Professions in a Pandemic

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Complementary and integrative health (CIH) providers, such as chiropractors and naturopathic doctors, were an underutilized public health asset in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Center researchers convened an expert panel of ten CIH and public health practitioners and researchers for a daylong discussion of how the CIH workforce could be better mobilized during future crises.


The Role of Integrative, Complementary and Traditional Health Providers in Public Health Crises webinar

RAND Perspectives on Use of Opioid Settlement Funds for Nonpharmacologic Therapies

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The project team developed and published a RAND Perspective, providing expert insight to policy makers on the timely issue of opioid settlement fund distribution. It argues that portions of the funds should be dedicated to increasing awareness of and access to evidence-based, non-pharmacologic pain interventions. Importantly, it also recommends, where appropriate, research funding to investigate the potential for the use of non-pharmacologic interventions to offset opioid use and as co-treatment for those with opioid use disorder (OUD).