RAND Awarded Grant to Evaluate Chiropractic Care in Treating Military Members

For Release

February 18, 2011

The RAND Corporation, the Palmer College of Chiropractic, and the Samueli Institute have been awarded a $7.4 million grant from the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program to conduct clinical trials of the effectiveness of chiropractic care in treating a variety of health problems among military personnel.

The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program administers the Congressional Special Interest Medical Research Programs encompassing breast, prostate, and ovarian cancers, neurofibromatosis, military health, and areas specified by Congress. Research grants are awarded through a two-tier peer and programmatic review process.

The project will be conducted over a four-year period and will be directed by Ian Coulter, the Samueli Institute Chair in Policy for Integrative Medicine at RAND.

The project will include clinical trials that examine the effect of chiropractic clinical treatment, either exclusively or as an adjunct to other treatments, on health concerns relevant to military members, including non-surgical orthopedic injury, pain management, smoking cessation, injury prevention and enhancing fitness for duty. The project will involve military sites throughout the country.

The project will be conducted through the RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research.

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