Exploring and Explaining the Dynamics of Osteopathic Regulation, Professionalism and Compliance with Standards in Practice

Research Report, General Osteopathic Council, London, February 2015.

188 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2015

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Gerry McGivern

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School

Michael Fischer

University of Melbourne; University of Oxford - Said Business School

Tomas Palaima

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School

Zoey Spendlove

Nottingham University Business School

Oliver Thomson

British School of Osteopathy

Justin Waring

University of Nottingham - School of Sociology and Social Policy

Date Written: February 13, 2015

Abstract

This study identifies the regulatory activities that best support patient safety and enhancement of quality of care, finding that formative spaces for reflective discussion are vital for effective regulation. Academic researchers at Warwick Business School, University of Oxford Saïd Business School, University of Melbourne, University of Nottingham, and the British School of Osteopathy conducted the research among osteopaths, patients and osteopathic organisations in order to explore the factors that support, encourage or inhibit osteopaths from practising in accordance with the Osteopathic Practice Standards. Commissioned by the UK General Osteopathic Council, this study answers the research questions: What regulatory activities best support osteopaths to be able to deliver care and to practice in accordance with the Osteopathic Practice Standards (OPS)? What factors inhibit osteopaths from practising in accordance with OPS? What factors encourage osteopaths to practice in accordance with OPS? The research included literature reviews, an online survey (completed by 809 osteopaths, 17% of registered osteopaths in the UK), semi-structured interviews with 55 people (including 37 osteopaths) involved in and affected by osteopathic regulation, as well as health professional regulation more broadly. This research establishes an important evidence base on which to build effective osteopathic regulation and identifies key recommendations where improvements are needed.

The research reports were published in February 2015 and are available for download.

Main Report: Exploring and explaining the dynamics of osteopathic regulation, professionalism and compliance with standards in practice Appendix 1: Osteopathy Practice, Profession and Regulation Literature Review Appendix 2: Regulation Literature Review Appendix 3: Survey Questionnaire Appendix 4: Survey Results

Keywords: regulation, healthcare, professions, osteopathy

JEL Classification: I18, M12, L3

Suggested Citation

McGivern, Gerry and Fischer, Michael and Palaima, Tomas and Spendlove, Zoey and Thomson, Oliver and Waring, Justin, Exploring and Explaining the Dynamics of Osteopathic Regulation, Professionalism and Compliance with Standards in Practice (February 13, 2015). Research Report, General Osteopathic Council, London, February 2015. . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2564898

Gerry McGivern

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School ( email )

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United Kingdom

Michael Fischer (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne ( email )

Victoria, 3010
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.findanexpert.unimelb.edu.au/display/person660327

University of Oxford - Said Business School ( email )

Park End Street
Oxford, OX1 1HP
Great Britain

HOME PAGE: http://www.sbs.oxford.edu

Tomas Palaima

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School ( email )

Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

Zoey Spendlove

Nottingham University Business School ( email )

Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom

Oliver Thomson

British School of Osteopathy ( email )

98-118 Southwark Bridge Rd
London, SE1 0BQ
United Kingdom

Justin Waring

University of Nottingham - School of Sociology and Social Policy ( email )

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Nottingham, NG7 2RD
United Kingdom
+44 (0)115 951 5420 (Phone)
+44 (0)115 951 5232 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/sociology/staff-waring.php

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