Focus of research program
The primary focus of our research program has been to perform original, high quality clinical research, generating new knowledge about the treatment of the prevalent and costly musculoskeletal pain conditions. Our work often combined quantitative and qualitative methods to provide a richer, more comprehensive understanding of the populations we serve.
NWHSU’s Wolfe-Harris Center for Clinical Studies investigates the effects of complementary and integrative healthcare and other non-surgical treatments for common musculoskeletal conditions, like back pain, neck pain and headache, in patients of all ages.
We conduct high quality randomized clinical trials that emphasize patient-oriented outcomes – the results that patients care about most. These include minimizing pain, reducing disability, and increasing satisfaction with care.
Past clinical trials
- Dose-Response of Manipulation for Cervicogenic Headache
- Chiropractic and Exercise for Low Back Pain in Adolescents
- Chiropractic and Exercise Management of Spinal Dysfunction in Seniors
- Chiropractic and Exercise for Seniors with Low Back Pain
- Chiropractic and Exercise for Seniors with Neck Pain
- Chiropractic and Self Care for Back Related Leg Pain
- Individualized Chiropractic and Integrative Care for Low Back Pain
- Manipulation, Exercise and Self Care for Neck Pain
- Manipulation, Exercise and Self Care for Low Back Pain
- A Pilot Study of Massage and Self Care Education for Tension Type Headache
- Education, Exercise and Chiropractic for Chronic Back Pain: A Pilot Study with the Veterans Administration
NWHSU also conducts qualitative research which goes beyond numbers and statistics to explore people’s perceptions, emotions and behaviors.
Not all of NWHSU’s research focuses on numbers and statistics. An important part of our research program is to gain an understanding of what it is like to live with pain, why patients seek care, and what makes a treatment worthwhile. Such questions are best addressed with qualitative research, which explores people’s perceptions, emotions and behaviors using interview and focus group techniques.