Stimulating the Use of OMT in Primary Care Offices Via Point-of-Care Reminders
Primary care physicians, especially in family medicine, are more prone to use osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) than other specialists; however, barriers to OMT use exist. The purpose of this study is to evaluate if the frequency of OMT use in a family medicine outpatient setting is influenced by having posters promoting OMT in exam rooms and waiting rooms.
Methods: OMT posters were placed in two of four offices in an academic family medicine practice. Offices without posters served as the control group. Billing patterns were examined for the five months prior to and after poster placement. Report parameters included: age, gender, ethnicity, CPT code for OMT and somatic dysfunction ICD-10 codes.
Results: Data before and after poster placement were compared. Results showed a positive correlation between posters advertising OMT and OMT use. There was a 6.5% increase in OMT use in the offices that had posters advertising OMT.
Conclusion: This research showed that placing OMT posters in select family medicine offices resulted in an increase in OMT use. Possibilities for this increase include patients becoming more aware of the benefits of OMT and/or simply reminding osteopathic physicians of the benefits of OMT. Increased OMT utilization could lead to a decrease in pain medication prescribing and an increase in functionality through conservative measures.