Focus of research program
The primary focus of our research program is to perform original, high quality clinical research which generates new knowledge about the diagnosis and treatment of the prevalent and costly musculoskeletal pain conditions. Our work focuses exclusively on human populations and includes clinical trials, basic science research and qualitative studies.
Northwestern has one of the most successful clinical research programs among complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) institutions in North America with a focus on back pain, neck pain and headache.
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Basic science research at Northwestern examines the cause of musculoskeletal pain and how to alleviate pain using CAM approaches to care.
Northwestern also conducts qualitative research which goes beyond numbers and statistics to explore people’s perceptions, emotions and behaviors.