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, a database for osteopaths.

Osteoevidence is an Italian project, born from osteopaths, to be the first web app/database containing scientific literature on osteopathic medicine and osteopathic treatment, it is a free database that count more than 6000 reviews, guidelines and trials regarding Osteopathy and Osteopathic medicine.
The database includes the most rigorous osteopathic literature from the main research databases (Medline, Embase, Cochrane, Ostmed, Osteolib, JOM (JAOA), IJOM, Google Scholar), and all studies that, directly or indirectly, are related to Osteopathic treatment. It should be noted that the database also includes studies that are not properly osteopathic, but that share the type of technique or the rationale of use with these, such as relevant articles with chiropractic, neuroscience and manual therapy, in order to provide the clinician, to the student and to the researcher the more valid tools to the context, especially in the fields in which the acquaintances are less clear.


The objective of the project is therefore to support osteopaths, future osteopaths, and researchers, reducing the boundaries between the world of clinical research and the world of clinical reality, not always communicating, trying to simplify the passage of access to such knowledge so that this can be a valuable ally; and to promote the implementation of the existing literature in order to upgrade the osteopathic medicine and treatment knowledge.

In order to ensure the critical appraisal of the including literature, only just peer-reviewed articles from existent and well-known scientific databases were included


The database includes a unique user interface that enables all the users to use it easily regardless of study titles or specific abilities.


Search function:

Differently from the most used scientific databases we decided not to use any punctuation or Boolean operators like AND, OR, NOT, in order to simplify the user experience. It is possible because every searched term inside the database will just be referred on the osteopathic medicine/manipulative treatment field; in addition, we set a series of filters that enables the expert user to isolate the more accurate research results.


The sorting function contains three filters: best match, by default, results are sorted by Best Match, it enable to sort the articles by putting the best quality evidences first (first systematic reviews, than RCT, than Clinical trials, than reviews and than books and documents); Most recent, enable to sort chronologically (from the most to the less recent); Priority, is the sorting filter that sort by how the terms searched fits with the title, author and abstract of the articles.

Lateral filters:

There are two categories of lateral filters: Article type and Article field.

Article type contains 5 filters: Systematic Reviews, Randomized Controlled Trials, Clinical trial, Reviews, Books and Documents; it allows to filter by the type of the article.

Article field contains 5 filters: Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, Structural and Chiropractic, Fascial, Visceral and Obstetrics, Cranial and Pediatric. This filters are created to simplify the distinction between pure osteopathic articles, and articles regarding fields that are not properly osteopathic, but that share the type of technique or the rationale of use with these.

Lateral filters allows to be used together, they enables the expert user to isolate the more accurate research results.

Journal articles link:

Osteoevidence do not includes the full text of the journal articles, but it is possible to reach the web page where all the articles contained in Osteoevidence database are published. The full text journal site may require a fee or subscription, however online journals sometimes provide free access.


It is possible to copy the articles citations by using the "cite" button in the single article page.

Careful use:

Scientific evidences enable us to upgrade our knowledge about a field, Osteoevidence database contains some informations (abstracts, dates, authors, journals, citations) about scientific literature regarding Osteopathic medicine, we strongly recommend to use this tool using critical thinking, to avoid misunderstandings or incomprehensions. Despite the tool is designed to be used by everyone, we recommend to non-experts, to be cautious reading studies results.

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