Peninsula Hospital Doctors Pen Journal Cover Story
“Effects of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment on Pediatric Patients with Asthma: A Randomized Controlled Trial” is the title of a paper recently published as the cover story by The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (www.jaoa.org) and written by Peninsula Hospital Center’s Family Practice Residency Program under the leadership of Dr. Peter Guiney, Director and Dr. Rick Chou, Associate Program Director.
The study involved the use of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT – a noninvasive and cost-effective treatment) on pediatric asthma patients to determine whether or not the use of OMT had a therapeutic relevance in children with asthma. Incidences of pediatric asthma are on the rise throughout the world – a statistic reflected here on the Rockaway Peninsula as well.
This study is thought to be the first randomized controlled trial of OMT and its effects on pediatric asthma.
Although more clinical trials are called for, the authors of the published article clearly suggest that OMT has a therapeutic effect among the pediatric population.
The study, conducted over a two-year period through the Family Health Center at Peninsula Hospital, indicated very positive results, i.e., a significant improvement of pulmonary function in pediatric patients – in layman’s terms, OMT helped children with asthma breathe better.
Dr. Peter Guiney, Director, Family Practice Residency Program, Department of Family Practice, was extremely pleased with the results of the study. “I am very hopeful that we will be able to help more children in Rockaway who have asthma through the use of OMT at the Family Health Center. Our results indicated that as a result of the children feeling better, they missed fewer days of school and were able to participate in more activities. There were all around benefits.”
In addition to the prestigious publication of this article, Dr. Gerald Teplitz, Director of Medical Education, announced that the Family Practice Residency Program at the Hospital Center, has received continuing approval from the American Osteopathic Association for a full five years.
This is the maximum approval term for any program given by the AOA and such approvals have become rarities in recent years.
This enthusiastic approval was given by the AOA late in 2004 after an extensive onsite inspection.