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.

Implementation of clinical practice guidelines for the management of chronic low back pain within the VA North Texas Health Care System: A pilot study

The aim of this project is to study provider adherence to the VA/DoD Low Back Pain Clinical Practice Guidelines across all provider types within the VA North Texas Health Care System Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department (PM&R) at the Fort Worth VA Clinic. Additionally, the study will determine to what extent veteran sociodemographic and socioeconomic factors influence provider adherence with VA guidelines.

April 2024 - March 2025

Principal Investigator: Michael Moore and Gary Tam; Parker University

Neurotrauma Evidence Synthesis Training (NEST)

The aim of this project is to deliver a traumatic brain injury (TBI)-focused, mentored, evidence-synthesis training program. The successful execution of this program will provide the preliminary data and proof-of-concept needed to apply for a NINDS R25 research education grant.

April 2024 - March 2025

Principal Investigator: Joshua Goldenberg; National University of Medicine

Pilot testing of a diet cost calculation process for the EASe-GAD (Eating and Supplementation for the treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder) Study

The aim of this project is to develop, and pilot test a collection process for capturing diet data and an approach for calculating diet cost to be used when comparing the cost implications of following different diet patterns. This process will be used in calculating the cost of a diet consumed by study participants prior to and during a subsequent dietary counselling intervention study.

April 2024 - March 2025

Principal Investigator: Monique Aucoin; Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

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: Patricia M Herman, N.D., Ph.D., RAND

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

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).