The KF initiated a research project in 2013 at the AGM. Since then a research group has been working to create a research design that would attempt to illustrate kinesiology’s effectiveness in treating a pre-diagnosed medical condition. The current stage of the project’s development is as follows:
- A research design of a longitudinal observational study has been chosen. This design uses scientifically validated patient questionnaires to gather data from individuals before and after their intervention of kinesiology
- KFPR Therapists UK wide will be asked to get involved and trained to gather data as set out in the research protocol for a period of 12 – 18 months with an aim of gathering data on at least 100 individuals. Each participant will receive at least 6 sessions a month apart.
- Both quantitative and qualitative questionnaires will be used to identify improvements in the participants’ symptoms from their baseline measurements at the start of treatment.
- This observational design approach is well respected amongst the scientific community. It fits well with kinesiology as a holistic therapy compared to other design models such as random controlled trials which are too limiting, expensive and resource intensive.
- Irritable bowel syndrome has been chosen as the condition to research as it is a common medical complaint which GPs treat frequently and kinesiologists balance in their clients.
- Participants in the study will have to meet inclusion criteria as set out in the research protocol. Over ten items are listed such as being previously diagnosed by the member of the medical profession and IBS is their main health issue.
- The protocol is in its final draft with just a few items remaining to be decided by the KF membership on:
Cost of sessions to participants – free, discounted or charged at normal rate
Duration of sessions ie 30 mins or 50 mins or 60 mins
- It is planned to be rolled out in summer 2014.
- Other collaborators on the project include Professor Paul Dieppe at Exeter University who is provided valuable input on the writing of the research protocol and Professor George Lewith who provided initial advice and information including his recent research work with Susan Eardley, PhD and kinesiologist.