DO YOU ALREADY KNOW DR. OLIVER THOMSON?
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DO YOU ALREADY KNOW DR. OLIVER THOMSON?

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Osteopath Dr Oliver Thomson is an associate professor at the University College of Osteopathy and works as a researcher with a focus on qualitative methods. 

"The act of caring for another person's health is in itself a psychological, social and human act. For this reason, the practice of osteopathy cannot avoid a psychological attitude."

On 19 November you can hear Dr Oliver Thomson speak at the ONLINE CONFERENCE 2021 of the Osteopathie Schule Deutschland: "More than just a number - rethinking philosophies, theories, evidence and the value of qualitative research for osteopathy".

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Interview with Dr Oliver Thomson by Torsten Liem:

WHAT POTENTIAL DO YOU SEE IN PSYCHOLOGY FOR OSTEOPATHY?

I don't see the difference between osteopathy and psychology. Osteopathy is about the care of people by people. The act of caring for the health of another human being is in itself a psychological, social and human act. For this reason, the practice of osteopathy cannot avoid a psychological stance. Whether or not the practitioner:is aware of this attitude is another question. Of course, osteopathy (and osteopaths) can become better informed and aware of psychological theories and findings in order to further develop and improve their treatment of people.

WHAT WAS AND IS YOUR MOTIVATION FOR SETTING UP YOUR WORDS MATTER PODCAST?

It started when the pandemic hit and my clinical practice had to close. I wanted to continue being productive and started the podcast, which originally focused on communication and back pain. It has since evolved into a range of topics related to healthcare, from philosophy to qualitative research to the nature of clinical practice. I enjoy the long conversations with intelligent people... we dive down rabbit holes and sometimes can't find our way out. The conversations hopefully show that there are rarely clear-cut answers to things and that context and nuance are crucial... things that are often overlooked in the current social media headlines and sound bites.

WHAT COULD BE SOME CLINICALLY RELEVANT RESULTS OF YOUR RESEARCH FOR OSTEOPATHY?

I am currently involved in several research projects, including a national mixed methods study of osteopaths' use of the biopsychosocial model in New Zealand. Another study is looking at osteopaths' skills and attitudes towards evidence-based practice, for which we are currently conducting surveys in Italy and Canada. A really exciting international project I am leading is the development and testing of a questionnaire to collect data on osteopaths' therapeutic approaches. The Osteopaths Therapeutic Approaches Questionnaire (Osteo-TAQ) is based on a basic theory I developed as part of my PhD and aims to provide more detail about how osteopaths think, interact and relate to their patients. We are continuing the study in Australia and the UK and hope to work with international colleagues to test and translate the tool so that it can be used in different countries and cultural contexts. More information can be found here: https://www.uco.ac.uk/research/osteo-taq-0 It is hoped that the Osteo-TAQ, in conjunction with patient-reported outcomes and other measures, will give a better idea of how the wide range of osteopathic approaches affect clinical outcomes. In all of these projects, I hope that the new knowledge gained will help osteopathy and osteopathic practitioners to critically reflect on their thinking and practice to enable a more person-centred and evidence-based way of providing care.

AT THE ONLINE CONFERENCE OF THE OSTEOPATHIE SCHULE DEUTSCHLAND YOU WILL TALK ABOUT THE TOPIC "MORE THAN JUST A NUMBER - RETHINKING PHILOSOPHIES, THEORIES, EVIDENCE AND THE VALUE OF QUALITATIVE RESEARCH FOR OSTEOPATHY". WHAT CAN THE PARTICIPANTS EXPECT FROM YOUR LECTURE?

My experience of talking to philosophers and academic clinicians about the application of theory and philosophy to our practice and research. Osteopathy claims to have a strong theoretical and philosophical foundation; however, many of these ideas were developed at a time when dualism and biomedicalism were prevalent. I hope that participants will gain a sense of how theories from outside osteopathy can inform our practice and enrich our research.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE ONLINE CONFERENCE 2021, PLEASE VISIT:
https://www.osteopathie-schule.de/online-conference-2021/

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DO YOU KNOW DR. OLIVER THOMSON?

The Osteopath Dr Oliver Thomson is Associate Professor at the University College of Osteopathy and working as a researcher focusing on qualitative methods. 

"The act of caring for another person's health is in itself a psychological, social and human act. For that reason the practice of osteopathy cannot escape a psychological stance, whether or not the practitioner is aware of this stance is another matter."

On November 19th, Dr Oliver Thomson will give a lecture at the ONLINE CONFERENCE 2021 of the Osteopathie Schule Deutschland: "More than just a number - Re-thinking philosophies, theories, evidence and the value of qualitative research for osteopathy".


https://web.cvent.com/event/e52b2684-e9a5-4ef1-9e61-f3eb9bc1f042/summary

 

Interview with Dr Oliver Thomson by Torsten Liem

WHAT POTENTIAL DO YOU SEE IN PSYCHOLOGY FOR OSTEOPATHY?

I don't see the distinction between osteopathy and psychology. Osteopathy involves the care of people by people. The act of caring for another person's health is in itself a psychological, social and human act. For that reason the practice of osteopathy cannot escape a psychological stance, whether or not the practitioner is aware of this stance is another matter. Of course, osteopathy (and osteopaths) can become more informed and aware of psychological theories and evidence further develop and enhance their care of people.

WHAT WAS AND IS YOUR MOTIVATION FOR BUILDING UP YOUR WORDS MATTER PODCAST?

It started when the pandemic struck and my clinical practice had to shut down. I wanted to keep being productive, so started the podcast originally focusing on communication and back pain but it has since developed to explore a range of topics related to healthcare from philosophy, qualitative research, and the nature of clinical practice. I really enjoy the long-form conversations with smart people...diving into rabbit holes and sometimes never finding our way out. The conversations hopefully show that there are rarely clear-cut answers to things and that context and nuance is crucial...things which are often missed by current social media headlines and soundbites.

WHAT COULD BE SOME CLINICALLY RELEVANT OUTCOMES FOR OSTEOPATHS FROM YOUR RESEARCH?

I am currently involved in several research projects including a national mixed-methods study on osteopaths' utilisation of the biopsychosocial model in New Zealand. Another study is looking at the skills and attitudes of osteopaths in relation to evidence-based practice, where we are currently running surveys in Italy and Canada. A really exciting international project is one that I'm leading whereby we are developing and testing a questionnaire tool which looks to gather data about osteopaths therapeutic approaches. The Osteopaths Therapeutic Approaches Questionnaire (Osteo-TAQ) is based on a grounded theory I developed for my PhD research, and looks to give much more details about how osteopaths think, relate and interact with their patients. We are continuing the study in Australia and the UK, and hope to work with international colleagues to test and translate the tool to be used in different countries and cultural contests. More information is here https://www.uco.ac.uk/research/osteo-taq-0 . It is hoped that the Osteo-TAQ when combined with patient-reported outcomes and other measurments, may give us a better idea of how the vast array of osteopathic approaches influence clinical outcomes. With all these projects, I hope that the new knowledge which Is generate supports osteopathy and osteopaths to critically reflect on their thinking and practice, to provide more person-focused and evidence-informed ways of caring for people.

AT THE ONLINE CONFERENCE OF OSTEOPATHIE SCHULE DEUTSCHLAND YOU WILL TALK ABOUT MORE THAN JUST A NUMBER - RE-THINKING PHILOSOPHIES, THEORIES, EVIDENCE AND THE VALUE OF QUALITATIVE RESEARCH FOR OSTEOPATHY". WHAT CAN THE PARTICIPANTS EXPECT TO LEARN FROM YOUR LECTURE?

My experience of talking with philosophers and academic-clinicians about using theory and philosophy in our practice and research. Osteopathy claims to have a strong theoretical and philosophical basis; however much of these ideas were developed at a time when dualism and biomedicalism was dominant. I hope that participants get a sense of how theories from outside of osteopathy can help shape our practice and enrich our research.


MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ONLINE CONFERENCE 2021 YOU CAN FIND:
https://www.osteopathie-schule.de/online-conference-2021/

 

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