The research we are working on is still a work in progress. We are currently gathering materials and getting IRB approvals. If you are interested in research in integrative medicine and lifelong learning please join our email list and we will keep you informed when we are ready to go live. Thanks for your patience.
Introduction to the Community Med School research project
Integrative medicine, mind/body therapies and lifelong learning programs in the community have the potential to improve the health of millions of people.Currently over half the US population already use some form of complementary or alternative medicine. Traditional random controlled trials, study treatments in carefully selected populations under ideal conditions. This makes it difficult to translate results to the real world and even then there is usually a dramatic decrease in effectiveness. Advances in information technology make time series analysis an increasingly useful method for studying human behavior in the real world. This type of longitudinal study can provide an understanding of the patterns of change over time in the natural processes of lifelong learning and integrative medicine in the community.
Joseph Brady with the University of Denver, is conducting a study concerning the real world experiences of people participating in a variety of lifelong learning and integrative medicine practices and programs in the community. The study seeks the participation of individuals engaged in lifelong learning and health education programs, integrative medicine, tai chi, yoga, pilates, meditation, art, music, literature and other mind/body therapies that have the potential to improve the health of people in the Rocky Mountain area.
The aim of the study is to measure improvements over time in global health measures (physical function, cognitive function, depression, anxiety, pain and self efficacy) in people who participate in integrative medicine practices in the community.
This research could provide an overall picture of lifelong learning and integrative medicine as practiced in the community and it’s effects on global health. This anonymized data will then be shared with researchers around the world at the Harvard Medical School’s Osher Institute for Integrative Medicine, the Oxford International Roundtable and in Harvard’s data-verse an open online repository for sharing, preserving, citing, exploring, and analyzing research data and may be published in appropriate journal publications.
The study has been reviewed and approved by the institutional review board at the University of Denver.
To participate, please click the anonymous link to the online survey below. Upon clicking this link you will be directed to an information sheet providing full information on the study. You may then decide whether you would like to participate or not. If you would like to withdraw from the study you may do so at any point during the completion of the survey. Answering the questions of this survey should take between 10-15 minutes.
Please click on the link below to read more about the study and participate: