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Manipulative Treatment Benefits Older Hospitalized Pneumonia Patients

Posted Apr 28 2010 7:39am

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A clinical trial of 406 subjects 50 years of age and older who were hospitalized with pneumonia showed a one-day reduction in the length of hospital stay in those patients who received osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) in addition to conventional medical care when compared to patients who received only conventional medical care. A per protocol analysis also showed a significant reduction in the duration of intravenous antibiotics and in respiratory failure or death in the group that received OMT when compare to the conventional care only group.

The Multicenter Osteopathic Pneumonia Study in the Elderly (MOPSE) was a registered, double-blinded, randomized, controlled clinical trial that sought to assess the impact of adjunctive osteopathic manipulative treatment in patients 50 years of age and over who were hospitalized with pneumonia. The study was conducted between March 2004 and February 2007 at seven hospitals in five states: Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio and Texas. Data from MOPSE were published March 30 in the open-access journal, Osteopathic Medicine and Primary Care, which is published by BioMed Central. To access the article, visit the journal website at http://www.om-pc.com/ .

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