The advancement of scientific research plays a critical role in the AOA's mission to improve health care through promoting osteopathic medicine. The Council on Research provides management and oversight for the research development activities of the AOA
The research programs of the AOA are administered by the Council on Research (COR) in accordance with the guidelines and polieis set forth in the AOA Research Handbook. The publication incorporates policy and changes in policy as approved by the AOA Board of Trustees. Applicants for grants and fellowships shall follow procedures described in the Handbook.
The Clinical Research Database, developed by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine in conjunction with members of the Osteopathic Research Task Force and other members of the osteopathic research community, serves primarily as a tool for clinical research collaboration and project tracking.
FORCE supports research to develop an evidence-base for the use of the Osteopathic Approach in the maintenance of health and treatment of disease. To ensure its research meets rigorous scientific standards, FORCE populates its protocol, design, project management, and publication teams with experts in the design, implementation, and publication phase of each study. FORCE research initiatives will pursue collaborations with major research institutions, colleges of Osteopathic medicine, and individual researchers whose work meets the standards set by the Foundation.
The osteopathic medical profession established the Osteopathic Research Center (ORC) in December 2001 at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. The ORC's mission is to foster nationwide collaborative research on the efficacy of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). .
The Osteopathic Literature Database is a bibliographic index to the osteopathic medicine literature. Sponsored by the American Osteopathic Association and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, OSTMED was originally developed by the Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library of the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (UNTHSC-FW) in conjunction with the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine's (KCOM) A.T. Still Memorial Library.
The CORE Reserach Office (CRO) offers research education, training, and support for all members of the CORE community--students, residents and interns, and CORE faculty. The CRO provides the necessary support for CORE members to successfully engage in the research process; CRO services include design, methodological, statistical, and editorial support. As well, the CORE Research Office facilitates the institutional review process of human subject research.